Our Organization: Horses of Hope Oregon (formerly the Adaptive Riding Institute) was founded in 1988. Our history makes us the longest continuously operating equine therapy program in the State. The original focus of the non-profit was on providing recreational horseback riding to people of all ages with physical limitations.
Programs have been expanded over time and the core emphasis now is on emotional and behavioral therapies. Since its inception in 1988 Horses of Hope Oregon has provided services to thousands and thousands of clients over the years. Over time we have expanded both the programs that our organization offers, and correspondingly the number of clients we are able to serve. We have experienced a significant 41% increase in clients from 2007 to the present. We are a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization that is a provider of health and wellness services for Oregon’s special needs population.
We currently serve clients from the mid-Willamette Valley and 10 surrounding counties. Our clients are from Portland to Eugene, and Benton County to the far eastern reaches of Jefferson County. Horses of Hope Oregon provides equine assisted therapy services, personal development, therapeutic riding, and related services for people of all abilities at our state of the art facility in South Salem/Turner.
Our Stable: Stalle di Speranza “Stable of Hope” is located on 38 acres of beautiful rolling hills, generously donated for our exclusive use by an incredible benefactor.
Our 36,000 square foot facility features a 124’ by 135’ fully enclosed indoor arena, rubber brick pavers line all walkways, 3 handicap accessible restrooms, climate controlled viewing room with full kitchen and children’s play area, and arena-side seating.
The Stable has 24 stalls with attached paddocks, as well as an outdoor arena with challenge course, used when weather permits.
Behind our Stable is our Sensory Trail – with trails winding through an evergreen forest and up and down hills. This allows clients to interact with the world around them and utilize their various senses, including visual, tactile, olfactory, and auditory. There are different stations along the paths of the Sensory Trails where a participant may experience different sounds, such as the glass wind chimes, their horse walking over a wooden bridge, or smell the lilacs and lavender when they’re blooming.