JoyRide Center offers Physical Therapy Services that focus on functional rehabilitative skills such as posture control, motor coordination, gait improvements, communication, cognitive skills and psychosocial activities. Hippotherapy sessions are 1:1 instruction taught by a licensed physical therapist. Sessions are 45 minutes to include therapy on and off the horse. These sessions include activities that provide improvements in static and dynamic balance, gait, motor planning, educational readiness and interpersonal skills. Another unique characteristic at JoyRide Center is the value of the therapeutic team, which includes the horse, volunteers and staff, all working together to enhance the quality of the client’s session. Horses significantly enhance therapy outcomes based on their unique movements and their unconditional acceptance.



JoyRide Center Therapeutic Riding Program are 45-75 minute sessions that include both mounted and un-mounted activities. Lessons include riding skills, fitness exercises, horse care, arena preparation and team building. Sessions are typically a 3:1 group with individualized goals. Competition opportunities are also available for clients riding in the JRC Therapeutic Riding Program. Horses are an essential part of the team – they facilitate learning, motivation and group skill building. The atmosphere at JoyRide Center emphasizes the “just right challenge” for each person.

The class schedule for Spring and Fall semesters are as follows and is subject to change.

  • Tuesdays:        9:00 AM-7:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
  • Thursdays:      9:00 AM-5:30 PM
  • Fridays:            9:00 AM-12:30 PM

The class schedule for Summer semester is as follows and is subject to change.

  • Mondays:      9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    6:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesdays:       9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    6:00-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays:9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    6:00-8:00 PM
  • Thursdays:     9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    6:00-8:00 PM

 At JoyRide Center, our emphasis is not on the number of clients served, rather on maintaining the highest quality of services that we can provide.  Our clients tell us that coming to JoyRide is much more than just a therapy session.  We pride ourselves on providing a family style atmosphere where clients and their families can make new friends, spend time with old friends and also experience the benefits of the unique therapy we provide.  To accomplish this goal, JoyRide keeps its rider numbers at a manageable level in order to keep the program’s main focus on the clients. This does limit the number of clients we can serve. New clients will enter the program in the order that complete paperwork is received and when an appropriate opening is available. To become a client, please do the following:

To become a client, please do the following:

  1. Print and complete the attached Client Packet
  2. Have all 3 Physician Forms completed by the appropriate Health Care Provider (Dear Health Care Provider, Client Medical History/Physician’s Statement, Prescription -if applicable)
  3. Return all pages to JoyRide by mail, fax or email to cmccollum@joyridecenter.org




Our newest program is our Functional Day Habilitation Program, JRC Prep.  It is a unique blend of functional academics and vocational training integrated into a worksite. The many facets of JoyRide Center provide rich and diverse opportunities for work-based learning to take place. JRC Prep combines classroom instruction with continuous hands-on work experience.  Goals and objectives are based on each student’s needs, and our approach is highly individualized. In order to achieve this level of individualization, we maintain a low student/teacher ratio of six students to one teacher with the help of two mentors chosen from the therapeutic riding program client base.

The current class schedule is as follows and is subject to change:

  • MONDAYS: 9 AM to 3 PM
  • WEDNESDAYS: 9 AM to 3 PM

Due to the limited number of clients we can serve in the JRC Prep Program, please contact Debbie Blackmon dblackmon@joyridecenter.org directly to inquire about openings for new clients.

For all the information see our designated JRC Prep Page.

NEW THIS YEAR! – Inspiring HANDS Tuition Assistance: Inspiring HANDS is a non-profit organization which awards funds to offset tuition costs for individuals to attend special needs summer camp and equestrian therapy in Texas. They can award up to $880 a year per client. JoyRide has been selected as a partner, so JRC clients may now apply for assistance from Inspiring HANDS. Please note that the client is responsible for applying directly to Inspiring HANDS at inspiringhands.org/award-application/. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2017. You will be notified in May by Inspiring HANDS if your application is approved. We encourage all clients with the need to take advantage of this generous opportunity!