Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

Founded in 1974, LTR was the original pilot program for therapeutic riding in Virginia. To partner with a horse is to share its strength and grace. The experience can be life-changing. We know because we see it happen every day.

http://www.ltrf.org/ The emphasis of LTR programs, which includes therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, carriage driving, and Equine Services for Heroes is to provide a highly motivating experience that promotes therapeutic benefits leading to improvement in functional life skills and emotional well-being in a safe and supportive environment.

- Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Intl. Premier Accredited Center, was formed in 1974 to empower and improve the lives of people with cognitive, psychological and physical disabilities through the benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies. - Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) are widely recognized as being an effective therapy for people with disabilities. Horseback riding develops self-awareness, builds self-confidence, improves concentration and increases self-discipline. Riding also strengthens and relaxes muscles; improves posture and core strength, balance and coordination; and increases joint mobility. Off the horse, programs also improves self-awareness and self-image. Working towards these goals carries over into improved function in all activities of daily living. - Our PATH Intl. certified instructors are specially trained in teaching methods that use equine assisted activities to assist people with physical, cognitive, behavioral and mental health challenges to learn horsemanship skills and benefit from the equine partnership. - Programs: Throughout continuing eight-week sessions skills are developed which address each participant's specific challenges. -For riders with physical disabilities, the horse's motion closely replicates the human gait as they sit astride the horse's back at walk, thus helping to improve the rider's posture, joint mobility, balance, and core muscle strength. -For participants with cognitive or emotional challenges the relationships formed with the horse, staff and volunteers can lead to increased self-confidence, patience and self-esteem. -Other goals include improved concentration, attention to task and enhance functional life skills. - Our horses and ponies are partners in our programming and are carefully screened and trained to assure suitability. Adaptive equipment is used if necessary for a rider to safely participate, and an PATH Intl. certified instructor is present for all activities involving riders. The emphasis of LTR programs, which includes adaptive riding/horsemanship and carriage driving, is to provide a highly motivating experience that promotes these therapeutic benefits and an overall improved quality of life in a safe and supportive environment. - Hippotherapy, added in 2010, is a treatment intervention that uses the multidimensional movement of a horse; from the Greek word "hippos" which literally means horse. Specially trained, Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapists use this medical treatment for clients who have movement dysfunction. - Volunteers: Volunteers are the backbone of the program and act as pony handlers, side-walkers, and grooms. Volunteers also assist in many other ways including fund-raising and development efforts. Three volunteer orientation/training sessions are held each year to ensure well-trained and efficient volunteer staff as safety is a primary consideration. Up to three volunteers may be needed for one rider. Parents of riders often contribute time as volunteers. - LTR relies on the generous support of private donors, and corporate and foundation grants. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation!

Mission: Loudoun Therapeutic Riding empowers and improves the lives of people with cognitive, physical and psychological disabilities through the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies, while serving the equine services industry through training and education.


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πŸ₯° "Horses teach us that we can do much more than we think, and there’s no cap to our capabilities."

Another perspective on how horses give us so many gifts just by being present!


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πŸ₯° A sweet throwback to the Christmas Party we held for our participants coming from a local residential treatment center. Volunteer and carriage driving participant, Amy Stone, helped put together gingerbread barns with the group! We were so thankful to be able to spread a little Christmas cheer to these young riders.

#therapeuticriding #loveloudoun #leesburgva #spreadjoy #volunteer #nova

πŸ‘ Another great photo of our cart driving program in action! This program builds self-confidence, self-awareness, trust, and encourages students to form positive relationships in a socially and sensory rich environment.


🌟 Happy New Year! 🌟

All of us at Loudoun Therapeutic Riding wish you a very happy new year! We can't wait to see what the year 2020 brings, and wish to help even more individuals in our community through equine assisted activities and the therapeutic benefits of horses!


#happynewyear #year2020 #loveloudoun #therapeuticriding

β€œI shudder to think what my life would have been like if I’d never gotten off the waitlist [to ride at Loudoun Therapeutic Riding]. Riding changed my life and I know it can do the same for others.”
- Therapeutic Riding Participant

πŸ’ͺ It's not too late! Donate the gift of strength, confidence, empowerment, and happiness to an individual living with cognitive, emotional or psychological challenges by clicking this link: https://ltrdoubleyourgift.causevox.com/

Your donation will help us so that we never have to turn anyone away!

β€œNot only does our son absolutely love the horses, but he has become calmer and more focused since beginning lessons with LTR. These benefits have generalized into other settings, which has helped him to make great strides academically and behaviorally.”
- Mother of Therapeutic Riding Participant

🐴 In 2018 we reached out to the equestrian community to see if anyone had a used Electro Groom they were willing to donate to Loudoun Therapeutic Riding. Someone came forward with this baby that was well loved by our staff and volunteers to clean dusty horses!

πŸ˜• Unfortunately as 2020 approaches, we are on the search again for another used Electro Groom. If you or someone you know is looking to upgrade or part ways with an Electro Groom and would like to donate it to Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, please let us know!

#electrogroom #dustyhorses

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding's cover photo

🍸 The third and final sneak peak of our special martinis that will be offered at our Martinis Matter event hosted by the River Creek Club on January 18th at 5:00 pm!

Canters for Carrots - a fresh mix that includes a touch of sweet carrot juice and garnished with a cucumber slice! Our horses would do anything for a good carrot! πŸ₯•

Drink and raffle tickets sold at this event benefit Loudoun Therapeutic Riding! We can't wait to see you there!

#martinismatter #leesburgva #loveloudoun #visitloudoun

πŸ’• "When a rider looks into a horse's eye they find a part of their soul." - Unknown

What are your goals for 2020?

🌳 Time spent with a horse brings peace to the soul! And how can you not feel at peace with the added beauty of Morven Park ?

#loveloudoun #therapeuticriding #equineassistedactivities #pathintl #leesburgva

❄️ Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season ❄️


Our Partners & Sponsors - Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

πŸ’• As 2019 is slowly coming to an end, we'd like to take the time again to thank our 2019 sponsors and supporters!

Some may be small businesses, some may be caring corporations, while others may be individuals -- any which way their support helps Loudoun Therapeutic Riding to gallop on to put on life-changing equine activities for those facing physical, cognitive, emotional or psychological challenges.

We are so grateful for caring hearts like yours! Our participants, staff, volunteers and horses thank you! πŸ΄πŸ‘


ltrf.org The fees our students pay cover only 23%of the actual cost of providing lessons. Thanks to your generous giving, we are able to maintain reasonable session fees and provide scholarships to veterans and those in need. YOU help make this program possible!

Gingerbread barns, who knew!? So much fun decorating them! πŸŽ„β™₯️🐴

🍸 A second sneak peak at one of 3 signature martinis you can purchase at our Martinis Matter fundraising event January 18th at 5:00 - 8:00 pm hosted by River Creek Club !

The Grand Prix - named after the pinnacle of dressage, this martini is refreshing and well, grand!

Join us for this fun event benefiting Loudoun Therapeutic Riding! Drink tickets and raffle tickets can be purchased at the door. Just tell the front gate that you are entering River Creek for Martinis Matter!


Silver Spurs - Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

❀️ Did you know that Loudoun Therapeutic Riding offers a special program just for our community's seniors?

We partner with senior assisted living communities and the Leesburg Senior Center to provide equine assisted activities to address the unique needs of our county’s senior citizens who may or may not be in residential care, rehab facilities, or other long-term care settings. Equine assisted activities can help seniors reconnect with memories, improve fine motor function and provides a fun new opportunity for social interaction!

Learn more by clicking the link!


ltrf.org We partner with senior assisted living communities and the Leesburg Senior Center to provide equine assisted activities to address the unique needs of our county’s senior citizens who may or may not be in residential care, rehab facilities, or other long-term care settings. Equine assisted activit...

🌟 In the season of giving, please consider giving the gift of confidence, happiness, peace and more to individuals like Ryder.

"We can’t say enough wonderful things about you all! Thank you for everything you do with Ryder each and every week! [His horse] Teddy is his best friend and all he talks about! Ryder was awarded student of the month and I am SO excited for him! I could not help but think of everyone that has worked with him and helped contribute to his confidence and HUGE changes since last year and you all were definitely one of them!"

-Mother of Ryder, a child benefiting from Therapeutic Riding!

πŸ‘‰Donate here: https://ltrdoubleyourgift.causevox.com/

🀝 Lend a hand and become a Loudoun Therapeutic Riding volunteer! Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. Program volunteers offer support to our riders, carriage drivers and other equine activity participants.

πŸ‘‰ Horse experience is not required to be a side walker
πŸ‘‰ Horse experience is required to be a horse leader
πŸ‘‰ You can also volunteer to be a Barn Buddy to ensure that our horses are ready for their lessons and prepared for their riders!

Learn more: https://ltrf.org/volunteer/

πŸŽ„ What a sweet Christmas gift from our friends Laura and Julie! Each cookie is decorated as one of our herd and they are simply too adorable to eat! Thank you so much! πŸ₯°

We are so thankful to be one of the recipients of The Arc of Loudoun's mini grants!

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of our We Scare Because We Care mini-grant! We Scare Because We Care, a mini-grant program, created from the proceeds of Shocktober, The Arc of Loudoun’s largest fundraiser. For the third year in a row, this program will award five $1,000 mini-grants to human service nonprofits in Loudoun County.

We are pleased to announce the following recipients of the We Scare Because We Care grant are
-Crossroads Jobs
-Loudoun Therapeutic Riding
-Project Horse Empowerment Center
-Mobile Hope
-VSA Loudoun

Congratulations! πŸŽ‰ And thank you to all of the nonprofits who submitted applications. We had a record number of applications this year.

🍸 A sneak peak of one of our three specially crafted martinis that will be available at our Martinis Matter event January 18th!

❀️ Peppermints for Ponies - a smooth concoction resembling one of our herd's favorite treats! Purchase this delectable martini at the event to satisfy your sweet tooth and benefit Loudoun Therapeutic Riding!

Exciting raffle items will also be available, so don't miss out!

Location: River Creek Club, Leesburg, VA
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mention this event at the gate!


Stronger. Happier. Confident. Independent. = Made possible by you!

πŸ’ͺ Stronger. Happier. Confident. Independent. Powerful.
This is what you make possible with your support of Loudoun Therapeutic Riding.

πŸ’• We must raise $80,000 before December 31 so we can put on 5,000 sessions of equine assisted activities in 2020! Your donation will provide the healing power of horses to people in our community living with physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Donate today by clicking this link!



#loveloudoun #leesburgva #therapeuticriding #changelives #giveback #abilitynotdisability

ltrdoubleyourgift.causevox.com This is what you make possible with your support of Loudoun Therapeutic Riding. We need your help today so we never have to turn anyone away. Military veterans. Children living with autism. Adults with cerebral palsy. Those with physical and intellectual challenges. Individuals with depression. Your...

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Our highly experienced and trained personnel facilitate quality equine-assisted activities for veterans!

As a PATH Int’l Premier Accredited Center, LTR is proud to offer its Equine Services for Heroes program to veterans at no direct cost to the veteran or the family.

🐴 Learn more: https://ltrf.org/programs/path-international-equine-services-for-heroes/

#weloveourveterans #equineservicesforheroes #giveback #therapeuticriding #loveloudoun #loudounpossible #loudouncountyveterans

🐴❀️ The horse and human bond is magical! Our participants learn to assess their horse's mood and create a plan for how to be successful together each lesson.

#therapeuticriding #equineassistedactivities #pathinternational #equineservicesforheroes #weloveourveterans #leesburgva #visitloudoun

🐴 Today is the National Day of the Horse!

It's a day where we all stop to remember the economic, historic, and cultural contributions that horses have made. For Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, it's a day that we also reflect on the life-changing work our own herd of horses and ponies perform every single day!

From children facing emotional trauma, to veterans facing PTSD and adults challenged by cerebral palsy - our herd is there willingly lending a hoof!

To learn more about how our horses make a difference in the lives of those in our community visit our website ltrf.org

Thank you LTR herd!! πŸ¦„πŸ’•

#loveloudoun #leesburgva #nationaldayofthehorse #welovehorses #loudounpossible #visitloudoun #nova #abilitynotdisability #therapeuticriding #equineassistedactivities #unicorn #northernva

πŸ’• The bonds formed between volunteers and participants are priceless! It's a bond of trust, as our volunteers provide our participants with support as they navigate through their work with their equine partners.

#weloveourvolunteers #volunteer #giveback #leesburgva #loveloudoun #loudouncountyva #northernva #therapeuticriding

πŸ™ We are so thankful for these great products donated through our Amazon Wish List! Our horses and ponies are thankful too!

To see our wish list click here: http://a.co/8VACWAw

Coat Defense #leesburgva #loveloudoun #therapeuticriding #thankful

⭐️ Last lesson of the year smiles for this rider! As the extended fall session ends and the holidays come upon us we will miss our students, but look forward to seeing them again in 2020!

#lovetrustrespect #loveloudoun #leesburgva #loudounpossible #therapeuticriding #pathintl

🌀 It was a beautiful day to drive the cart around with 'Duke' last Tuesday!

Our carriage and cart driving program is a great way for participants who cannot or choose not to sit astride a horse to still benefit from equine interaction and equine activities!




#leesburgva #carriagedriving #cartdriving #percheron #nova #equineassistedactivities

πŸŽ„Yesterday was a fabulous day at the Christmas in Middleburg parade! Our long-time carriage driving participant, Amy, drove our percheron Duke through the parade in our adaptive carriage alongside volunteers and staff members of Loudoun Therapeutic Riding!

Duke was a champion amongst the crowd of other horses, vintage cars and musicians. Everyone dressed up in their holiday best and the smiles were endless!

Thank you all who came out to support Loudoun Therapeutic Riding and cheer us on. We had a wonderful time!


#middleburgva #christmasinmiddleburg #middleburgparade #christmasparade #therapeuticriding #loveloudoun #leesburgva #nova #abilitynotdisability #weloveourvolunteers

Did you know you can support LTR each time you shop Amazon this holiday season?

Simply visit πŸ‘‰ smile.amazon.com and select Loudoun Therapeutic Riding to receive donations before you begin shopping! Amazon will then remember your selection and donate a portion of the purchase price to LTR each time you shop!

Just remember to shop on smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com -- Amazon Smile offers all the same goods and prices, with the added benefit of helping LTR! πŸ’œπŸ΄

🐴 Mae West enjoying her job at Loudoun Therapeutic Riding! This inquisitive and stunning clydesdale mare is great at reading the people she works with. We love having her as a part of the herd!

#therapeuticriding #equineassistedlearning #equineassistedactivities #loudouncountyva

❀️ Thank you everyone who donated yesterday on #GivingTuesday ! We raised enough to provide our horses with 5 months of hay! That's 1,196 bales.

Our herd is so pleased with this news!
Giving Tuesday was created as a global generosity movement to inspire people to give back, and it is clear that all of you as a part of the Loudoun Therapeutic Riding family have such big hearts!

If you would still like to participate in #GivingHayDay , the site will be live until this Friday! https://ltrdoubleyourgift.causevox.com/

πŸ™We are so grateful!


Only 8 hours left in our 24 hour #GivingHayDay fundraiser for #GivingTuesday ! We are $4,880 away from reaching our goal of $12,000 to feed our herd in 2020 and keep their bellies full of hay this winter! Click here to donate: https://ltrdoubleyourgift.causevox.com/


Feed a Unicorn on #GivingTuesday!

πŸ’• Today is #GivingTuesday , and for Loudoun Therapeutic Riding it's #GivingHayDay !

Did you know that a large horse consumes 30 lbs of food every day in the winter time in order to maintain their body weight and stay warm?

This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of hay and pasture to our wonderful herd of therapeutic partners by making a donation at the link below! Share in the true spirit of the season and celebrate the power of giving.



#loveloudoun #leesburgva #giveback #therapeuticriding #loudounpossible #nova

ltrdoubleyourgift.causevox.com Due to lack of rain this year and the decreasing temperatures, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding is in need of more hay than ever to feed our beloved herd of horses and ponies that provide therapeutic benefit to those facing various challenges. This #GivingTuesday donate to feed the herd and maintain our p...


Feed a Unicorn on #GivingTuesday!

πŸ‘ Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday - a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people during the holiday season!

We need to raise $12,000 to feed our herd in 2020, and know we can do it with your help during this 24 hour fundraiser!

How to Support Our Herd Tomorrow!

#1. Donate to our #GivingHayDay fundraiser by midnight tomorrow and your donation will be matched making an even BIGGER impact!

#2. Share our #GivingHayDay fundraising page with family and friends

#3. Post an #unselfie telling your friends why you support us
(An unselfie is just like a selfie, but with a generous twist. Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that tells your followers who you’re supporting for #GivingTuesday and why.)
Don't forget to use our campaign hashtag, #GivingHayDay !


ltrdoubleyourgift.causevox.com Due to lack of rain this year and the decreasing temperatures, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding is in need of more hay than ever to feed our beloved herd of horses and ponies that provide therapeutic benefit to those facing various challenges. This #GivingTuesday donate to feed the herd and maintain our p...

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41580 Sunday Morning Ln
Leesburg, VA

General information

Located at the Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburg, VA - The Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation began at the Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburgh, VA in 1974 through the cooperative efforts of the Agricultural Extension office and the Loudoun 4H Riding Club. After two moves in the 1980's, LTRF returned to Morven Park in 1995 and now has plans underway to build a permanent dedicated facility on the beautiful grounds. This facility will include offices, observation room, therapy room, stabling for program horses and an indoor arena. LTRF- A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit is a Premier Accredited Center and a member of PATH Intl. (formerly known as North American Riding for the Handicapped). You can learn more about equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) at www.pathintl.org. LTR is also a member center of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV) www.travinc.org.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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