Kentucky Horse Council
1500 Bull Lea Rd. Suite 214 C
Lexington, KY 40511
FAX 866.618.3837

Hippotherapy & Theraputic Riding

  There is a saying that "the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man". Therapeutic riding centers take this concept to heart and offer the unique experience of horseback riding to patients with mental and physical challenges. Participants in this activity have told stories of miracles after having had the physical experience of riding and the emotional experience of bonding with their horse.

North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA) reports that there are 11 NARHA Therapeutic Riding Centers in Kentucky. Three centers hold the distinction of being a NARHA Premier Accredited Center. Kentucky has 79 NARHA Instructors certified at either the registered, advanced or master’s level. The American Hippotherapy Association reports three therapists practicing Hippotherapy in the state.


The following are listed on the North American Riding for the Handicapped website:

Bowling Green

New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding, Inc. NARHA Premier Accredited Center
       Pam Pannell
       306 Matlock Old Union Rd Bowling Green, KY 42104 (270) 782-6496
       Location Address: 306 Matlock Old Union Rd, Bowling Green, KY


The REATH Center
       Marchetta Garrison
       55 Heritage Dr. Campbellsville, KY 42718 (270) 465-3860
       Location Address: 55 Heritage Dr, Campbellsville, KY


Lovesome Stables
       Jody Keeley
       3240 CHARTER OAK EDGEWOOD, KY 41017 (859) 653-7410


Milestones, Inc. NARHA Premier Accredited Center
       Mary Lunn
       12372 Riggs Rd. Independence, KY 41051 (859) 694-7669
       Location Address: 12372 Riggs Rd., Independence, KY



Central Kentucky Riding for Hope NARHA Premier Accredited Center
       Denise Guinn
       PO Box 13155 Lexington, KY 40511 (859) 231-7066
       Location Address: Kentucky Horse Park, 4050 Ecli, Lexington, KY


Forward Motion
       Ashley Bowles
       11114 Rockbend Way Louisville, KY 40241 (502) 387-9079


Appalachian Foothills Therapeutic Equestrian Center
      Cheryl Martin
      900 KY HWY 2004 MCKEE, KY 40447 (606) 965-2158
       Location Address: 900 Ky Hwy 2004, McKee, KY

Mt. Washington

Peg's Therapeutic Ponies, Inc.
      Ann Edwards
      1055 Wales Run Mt. Washington, KY 40047 (502) 955-4152
      Location Address: 1055 Wales Run, Mt. Washington, KY

Mt. Washington

Sycamore Pond Horse Center
       Christiane Koenemund
       2288 Stringer Ln Mt. Washington, KY 40047 (502) 538-9474
       Location Address: 2288 Stringer Lane, Mt. Washington, KY


Hoofprints In The Sand, Inc.
       Tresa Skaggs
       15652 Hwy 60 E Reed, KY 42451 (270) 827-5830
       Location Address: 15652 Hwy 60 E, Reed, KY


The Luci Center
       Paula Nieto
       PO Box 936 Shelbyville, KY 40066-0936 (502) 220-4308
       Location Address: 500 Hebron Rd, Shelbyville, KY

In KY, the American Hippotherapy Association has the following therapists listed:            

Lisa Harris, PT, HPCS**                                                                              Lexington, KY

Kathryn L. Splinter-Watkins, OT, HPCS**                                            Paris, KY

Rebecca Johnson, OT         Level I                                          Versailles, KY