Therapeutic Riding Program

Students riding horses

Photo by Vanessa Wright of Literary Horse


Therapeutic Riding is a mode of therapy utilizing functional riding skills, equine movement and a variety of therapy activities to achieve specific cognitive, physical and emotional goals. The UNH Therapeutic Riding Program adapts equine activities to allow for participation of riders over the age of 5 with cognitive, physical and emotional challenges. Activities take place in a normal equine environment, augmented with therapeutic games and activities. Adaptations are diagnosis-specific and focus on maximizing the abilities of each individual, rather than concentrating on disabilities.

What's New

  • Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the University of New Hampshire has gone to an online format for all classes through summer. Unfortunately that means we will need to cancel both our Spring and Summer Therapeutic Riding sessions. Special Olympics Summer games and Equestrian event was also canceled. All clients currently enrolled for Spring will be given a space in the upcoming FALL session (Sept 14th - Oct 27th, no classes Oct. 12/13) on Mondays and Tuesdays. Payments will be rolled over and you will receive correspondence from the Program Director to choose days and times that work for your schedules or have the option of a full refund. Consequently, we anticipate all spots will be full and we will not hold an open enrollment. We appreciate your understanding under these challenging times.
  • Please watch this uplifting video to find out what our horses are doing during this time.
  • Our next Volunteer Training Session is September 8th from 5:30 - 7:30pm in the Light Horse Classroom.
  • UNH Therapeutic Riding T-shirts are available for $12 in Adult or Youth Sizes in red, kelly green, hot pink, tangerine, ocean blue, turquise, deep purple or lavender.  (add $3 for shipping)


Cindy Burke
Program Director
PATH International Advanced Instructor

PATH-certified Instructors: Sunya Cook, Rachel Fish, Danshu Li, Lily Bensko, Fin Seely, Grayson Leichtman

Equine Center
278 Mast Road Extension
Durham, NH 03824-3590
Phone: (603) 862-0131
Fax: (603)862-3704