Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach

We strive to empower people with physical and developmental challenges to discover their greatest strengths and gain a sense of self-confidence and self-reliance through the special relationship with a horse.


Who we are

The Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. It was founded in 1990 by a group of community volunteers who wanted to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the form of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).

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Successful 2021 Boots & Bowties Fundraiser

Wildly Successful Fundraiser

A great time was had by all on October 16th at the HB Senior Center. The Boots and Bowties Casino Fundraiser was fantastic. The Emperor's Band really rocked the place; everyone loved gambling for a great cause; food from Richard Jones Pit BBQ was terrific; and the donated baskets were truly special. More to hear in the next Newsletter, but a sincere thank you to everyone involved in pulling it off and everyone who showed up and generously donated to TRCHB.

What Is Therapeutic Riding?

What Is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic riding is one form of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). It is horseback riding combined with physical therapy.

The concept of utilizing horses for therapy can be traced back to the ancient Greeks. Later, in 17th century Europe, physicians utilized the horse to treat various neurological disorders. In the last century, when Liz Hartel won the silver medal in dressage in the 1952 Olympics in spite of having polio, medical and equestrian professionals all over the world began to take notice. Read more.

Why the horse?

The horse has the capacity to enrich a person's life physically, socially, and emotionally.  Learning to ride a horse is an exhilarating and rewarding experience for anyone.  For a person with a physical or learning challenge, it's more than that.  It's an opportunity to look beyond the disability and see the possibilities.  It's an affirmation that what may seem out of reach is, instead, within grasp.  And it instills a new found joy and confidence that overflows into every aspect of one's life. Read more.

Become a volunteer

Volunteers are a vital part of our program. Without them, our students do not ride. No matter the task, our volunteers have consistently provided us with the love and support needed to serve our students and our horses.

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