Boots and Buddies
Rolling Admission for Fall Classes Has Begun
Pre-registration evaluations are necessary for enrollment. Please call Diana Kruzshak at
(203) 733-6657 to schedule ASAP!
Click here for more information on student enrollment.
Boots and Buddies Therapeutic Riding
Boots and Buddies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit therapeutic riding program located in Redding, Connecticut at Sunset Hill Farm.
Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.
While riding, students will build self-confidence, physical strength, improve communication skills, socialize with other riders, develop focus and concentration skills, and increase balance and flexibility while benefitting from the intuitiveness and the gentleness of the horse.
Our mission at Boots and Buddies is to empower riders who are steering through a variety of physical, cognitive, sensory, and/or psychosocial challenges by providing equine assisted activities and therapeutic horseback riding.
What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding is a form of cognitive and physical therapy that takes place on horseback. The activities and exercises performed on the horses are beneficial for riders with different challenges, including, among others:
Traumatic brain injury
The dedicated team at Boots and Buddies has developed a multitude of different equine-related activities for therapeutic purposes, collectively known as equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). These activities are supervised by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Certified Therapeutic Riding instructor with the assistance of trained volunteers. (For more information on PATH, click here.)
The Benefits of Our Program
What Are The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding?
EEAT benefits people with physical, developmental, sensory, mental, and/or behavioral challenges in many ways, from the intuitiveness and gentleness of the horse to improvements in:
Social functioning, interaction, and responsiveness
Balance, strength, coordination, flexibility, and motor control
Sensory processing, attention, cognitive reasoning, problem solving, sequencing and planning
Self-control, self-confidence, self-esteem, and motivation
Development of life skills including responsibility, commitment, and trust
Through the therapeutic services we offer, our students build strong and positive relationships with their horses, fellow students, and dedicated volunteer teams, providing a positive impact on body, mind, and spirit.
Looking for a fun way to give back to the community?
Join our team at Boots and Buddies!
Join the team of Boots and Buddies volunteers and become part of an exciting group working in a fun and supportive environment!
Volunteers are the heart of what we do. As a volunteer, you’ll become an integral part of our program and work directly with horses, riders, Boots and Buddies staff, and other volunteers.
There are many ways in which volunteers can serve. These include working directly with our horses and riders in our program, organizing fundraisers, administrative help, social media, advertising, coordinating volunteer programs, and grant writing.
Volunteers do NOT need any horse experience -- we'll train you.