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We Do

Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center is proud to offer accredited, therapeutic riding programs benefiting our neighbors on Cape Cod. 


Adaptive Horsemanship 
(Formerly known as Therapeutic Riding)

Our Adaptive Horsemanship Program teaches horse handling and riding skills using activities tailored to meet the participant's physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral needs.


Lesson plans consider the participant's physical, emotional and mental strengths and limitations. The participant's interaction with the horse enhances small and gross motor skill development, core strength, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination, problem-solving and task-sequencing abilities, communication, confidence and trust. Lessons may be mounted or unmounted, depending on individual needs.


These lessons are offered in a group setting. However, the instructor may schedule private lessons for participants who need more individualized support.

Emerald Hollow TRC Classes

Veterans Program - Equus Effect

The Equus Effect, developed by Jane Strong and David Sonatore, uses simple exercises and activities in partnership with horses designed to evoke responses that reflect the participant's inner landscape and their reactions to others in their lives. We give participants the opportunity to hone their relationship skills, enhance self-awareness and build emotional and mental resilience.


The Equus Effect is unique and emphasizes rebuilding healthy relationships to facilitate personal and professional growth and healing. The activities enable veterans to build resonance with horses as prey animals and learn how their non-verbal communication impacts others. No horse experience is necessary. No riding is involved. 


This program is offered free of charge to all US Military personnel in conjunction with the Cape Cod Vet Center through the generous support of the Dennis Field of Honor and The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Foundation.

Veterans Program - At Ease

At Ease facilitates a relationship and bond between the veteran and their horse. Veterans are trained in horsemanship to learn how to handle, care for, and ride their horses.  Participants are challenged to execute many tasks requiring initiative, confidence, commitment, and empathy to facilitate trust with their horses. No horse experience is necessary.

New Participant Enrollment

  1. To begin the enrollment process, please click the button below, which will open a file containing forms.

  2. Print all the forms and then fill them in. If you are unable to access these forms online, please call the office at 508-896-0064 for assistance.

  3. Once your forms are complete, including the Physician’s Statement, please mail them to us at:  235 Run Hill Road, Brewster, MA 02631

  4. Upon receipt of your completed forms, EHTRC will call you to schedule a Participant Evaluation.

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