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Therapeutic Riding Program

Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program is a not-for-profit organization founded by Eileen Van Houten in 1991 that provides equine assisted activities and equine assisted therapy (HPOT) to children and adults with a variety of physical, cognitive, and psychological disabilities. Students who participate in the program come from Pitt County as well as 13 surrounding counties in eastern North Carolina. The ultimate goal of the program is to improve each rider's quality of life so that they can become more independent, productive and active members of the community. We are a member organization of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATHIntl).

Located at 1721 Blue Banks Farm Road in Greenville, North Carolina, Rocking Horse Ranch is 4 miles west of Vidant Health just off of Hwy 43.

Lessons are scheduled on weekdays from September to May and there is a limited summer program. Riders age 3 and up may self-refer to the program; medical authorization and an evaluation by our staff are required as part of the application process. Our staff of therapeutic riding instructors and therapists teach all of our lessons and supervise the many community volunteers who assist our riders during these lessons. Cost of the program is $20/lesson and scholarships are available upon request. Community involvement, including volunteering with the lesson program, serving on the board, or helping with maintenance projects, as well as through financial support continues to be vital to the success of Rocking Horse Ranch.

For more information about riding or volunteering with Rocking Horse Ranch, or to become a donor, please call Linda Moran, director, at (252) 752-0153 or e-mail at