become a participant

We would love for you to join our Hands & Hearts family!  

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Ensure that riding will be a safe and therapeutic activity and is not medically contraindicated for the participant.   Please click here to see a list of our precautions and contraindications. If you have any questions regarding any of the qualifications, precautions or contraindications please contact Susie Shin, Director.


Complete the Participant Form.  This forms includes contact information, general liability and a physician sign off.  After you have completed the entire packet, including the physical sign off, please return it to Susie Shin by email at susie@handsandheartsforhorses or by mail:

Hands & Hearts for Horses

3824 Lower Cairo Road

Thomasville, Ga 31792 

or by fax


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Contact Devyn Barrett either via email or at 229-551-0086. IF there is a waiting list, the completed packet will add your name to our waiting list. IF there is no waiting list, we will schedule an initial evaluation to ensure that riding will be a beneficial and enjoyable activity.  Please bring any IEP's or medical documentation that will help define what goals your participant may be working towards. Once your participant has been evaluated, we will work our best to find a permanent time slot on our riding schedule.  Our schedule runs year round with Spring, Summer and Fall sessions.

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding


  • Balance

  • Posture

  • Strength

  • Gross/Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordination

  • Flexibility

  • Respiration

  • Agility

  • Proprioception



  • Social Skills

  • Communication

  • Relaxation

  • Self Confidence

  • Over all sense of well being



  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Developmental Delay


  • Learning Disabilities

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Down Syndrome

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Head Trauma/Brain Injuries

  • Stroke

  • Genetic Conditions/Disorders

  • Spina Bifida

  • Spinal Cord Injuries

  • And many more..