Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)

What is equine assisted activities and therapies?

Through the use of equine assisted activities and therapies, thousands of special-needs individuals can experience the rhythmic motion of a horse. Riders move fluidly with the horse to improve balance, muscle strength and flexibility. This movement which mimics the human gait allows those with physical, cognitive or emotional limitations to enjoy the same freedoms we take for granted.

Therapists, adaptive riding instructors and various volunteers oversee the individualized therapy and or educational activities specifically developed for each client. Riders with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other debilitating illnesses benefit daily from these activities.

Through the America’s Horse Cares grant program, the Foundation awards funding to centers who strive to improve the quality of life for those with special needs.

Because of a Horse

Because of a Horse is a promotional campaign designed to raise awareness and funds for America’s Horse Cares, the equine assisted activities and therapies grant program of the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

Below are some downloads with more information about the campaign as well as ads and promotional materials you can use to help raise awareness about equine assisted activities and therapies.

Because of a Horse Fact Sheet
Because of a Horse Ad 
Because of a Horse Poster

To receive a copy of the "Fly Without Wings" video, please call (806) 378-5029 or e-mail  foundation@aqha.org.