Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship

“Equine Therapy, also referred to as Horse Therapy, is a form of therapy that involves interactions between riders and horses.”

After hearing about the 4th Annual Benefit Trail Ride and Barn Dance for Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship I became intrigued to find out more.


Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship provides those with disabilities the chance to discover how equine assisted therapy can impact their lives. Their goal is to help give every child or adult with special needs the opportunity to experience the amazing benefits of this therapy.

The goal of Equine Therapy is to help the rider develop skills and attributes, such as accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and self-control through activities, such as grooming, feeding, haltering and leading a horse. The therapist can evaluate the patient during and after these activities to identify behavioral patterns.

There are 12 acres of pasture for the 10 horses currently at Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship. They have an outdoor riding arena and a 60' X 120' indoor arena, a kitchen, two bathrooms, conference/meeting room and a family room. From the family room you can watch lessons going on in the indoor arena.

The reason Equine Therapy is proven to work is due to the non-judgemental aspects of the horses and they way they are able to mirror attitudes and behaviors of the humans they are working with. The patients often experience an awareness of their negative or self destructive tendencies and the therapist can then discuss that with them.

This is such a beautiful organization and I highly suggest checking them out at their 4th Annual Benefit Trail Ride and Barn Dance. The benefit is October 7th from 11am-8pm.

There are plenty of activities for to enjoy for "non-horse" people as well! There wil be camping, hiking, fishing (bring your own poles and bait), pumpkin decorating, pony rides, wagon rides, haunted wagon rides (after dark). There will also be a BBQ dinner, silent auction, and music by Lucky Sons at 6 pm.  Tent camping and RV/trailer hook ups are available.  You can check out more at their website here or the facebook event page here.

Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship is located at Barks Plantation in Glen Allen, MO  just off Interstate 55 at the Old Appleton exit, they are about 20 minutes north of Cape Girardeau and Jackson and about 20 minutes south of Perryville.   

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