Pegasus Then and Now
In the fall of 1974, a small group of equestrian women began exploring the effectiveness of therapeutic riding, which had a long and successful history in Europe. They decided to establish a similar program to serve people with special needs in Fairfield County. In September 1975, the first Pegasus therapeutic riding sessions began at Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, Connecticut.
Today Pegasus is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center with three chapters throughout Putnam and Fairfield counties, including Pegasus Farm, our 20-acre permanent facility in Brewster, N.Y. PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) establishes industry standards for program safety, instructor training and certification, and insurance provisions.
Our PATH-certified instructors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and licensed educators provide equine-assisted activities to people with special needs and individuals at risk, including disadvantaged youth, trauma survivors and adults with developmental disabilities. Serving more than 250 students ages four and up each year, we offer therapeutic horseback riding and unmounted equine-assisted activities. We also are developing Pegasus Patriots, an equine-assisted program for veterans.
Therapeutic riding can produce remarkably improved mobility, balance, posture, coordination, language development, behavior control and concentration. Lessons include instruction in basic riding skills as well as opportunities for social interaction, recreation, sport, therapy, and work with developmental concepts.
Unmounted activities take place in the barn, classroom and arena. Students learn the importance of horsemanship while progressing through sequenced activities adapted to their abilities. Lesson topics may include grooming, equine nutrition and first aid, ground training, riding disciplines, basic equine anatomy, and how to tack up and lead a horse.
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, all contributions and matching gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law. To make a gift in support of our programs, click here.