Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Horseback riding is beneficial for people who live with all types of disabilities. 

At NVTRP, students are given the opportunity to feel freedom and independence when they are riding a horse. We offer the following riding services to the community. Thank you for your interest in our program; we look forward to serving you and your family!

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding teaches individuals who live with disabilities how to ride a horse. Individuals gain physical, social and emotional rewards through challenging and stimulating activities. Increases are seen in balance, strength, coordination, confidence, concentration and self-discipline while having fun! Horseback riding has been shown to be one of the most beneficial forms of recreation for people with all types of disabilities. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate in therapeutic riding, but there is no maximum age limit! Once we have an appropriate group lesson slot available for your rider, participants sign up for sessions of lessons. Our spring and fall sessions are 14 weeks long and winter and summer are 6 weeks. Riders attend one class a week on the same day and time each week. Each lesson is $66 and so the full cost is $924 for spring and fall and $396 for winter and summer.

Complete this packet to be added to the waitlist.

Recovering Military Service Personnel

NVTRP offers special sessions for recovering military service personnel. These lessons are a mixture of riding and ground work and focus on the participants relationship-building with the horse, which allows for healing in many ways. Horses are non-judgmental partners who thrive on positive relationships and teamwork. Working with horses requires clear, confident communication; a calm, focused intention; and being physically active and outdoors. All of these and are essential to helping recovering military service personnel adapt to the world out of service or home with family again. Other benefits of NVTRP are the warm, welcoming staff and volunteers and the tranquil nature of the environment which helps these individuals continue to return to this new situation and create bonds with humans as well as horses.  NVTRP partners with a local military installation.

For more details, please contact the NVTRP office directly at (703)-764-0269 or office@nvtrp.org.

Community Outreach

In 2009, NVTRP launched its Community Outreach program broadening its reach within the community. Working in partnership with area nonprofits that also serve key constituents, NVTRP provides riding and horsemanship lessons to groups in need of additional services. This has been a wonderful way to allow new people to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of horses. Some examples of NVTRP’s community partners are: Alternative House, ServiceSource, The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, The Adolescent and Family Growth Center, and Phillips Program.

For more information or to schedule riding for your group, please contact the NVTRP office directly at (703) 764- 0269 or office@nvtrp.org.

Community Lessons

NVTRP provides an inclusive setting where individuals with and without disabilities build relationships. As part of this culture, lessons are available at NVTRP for individuals without disabilities through Fairfax County Park Authority. The registration for this program is first come first serve. By clicking the link below you will find out the classes offered and schedule.

To sign up for NVTRP’s Community Lesson Program please visit Parktakes to sign up through the Fairfax County Park Authority.


It has nothing to do with our friend, the hippopotamus. “Hippo” is actually the Greek word for horse. In hippotherapy, a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech/language pathologist uses the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy to achieve functional goals for people who live with disabilities or impairments. Children must be at least 2 years old to participate in hippotherapy, but there is no maximum age limit!

Complete this packet to be added to the waitlist.

Coming Soon! Equine-Assisted Learning

NVTRP is piloting their newest program this year. Equine-Assisted learning combines academics and life skills with horses. These sessions partner with the horse through groundwork. Some examples of goals could be: improving literacy, building communication skills, or learning teamwork all through individualized lesson plans that create goals for the group or individuals. These sessions serve a wide variety of individuals from school groups to corporate teams to married couples.

For more details, please contact the NVTRP office directly at (703)-764-0269 or office@nvtrp.org


NVTRP loves visitors! To set up a tour, please contact our office at (703) 764 0269 or office@nvtrp.org.

All visitors must fill out the required visitor paperwork and bring them with you to the farm. If a visitor is under 18, the visitor must have a parent or guardian sign the Visitor Form.