Who We Serve

The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship. serves individuals ages 5 and up who have a variety of different abilities including; cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, as well as other cognitive and physical disabilities.

Safety and achieving the maximum benefits of therapeutic horseback riding are the primary concerns of a successful riding program. All prospective students must be evaluated by our executive director and have their appropriate forms on file prior to being accepted into the program.

Due to the specific requirements of volunteers, lesson horses, insurance, and industry standards we reserve the right to deny or limit riding to anyone whose needs we cannot safely meet. The Shane Center reserves the right to refuse or discontinue service to any student if the student or the student’s family member or caregiver exhibits unsafe, unruly, or disrespectful behavior toward the staff, volunteers, horses or environment.

In 2019, The Shane Center had many accomplishments including:

  • Provided over 15 hours of volunteer training
  • Engaged nearly 60 volunteers
  • Offered 40 weeks of regular programming
  • Provided three types of program services: Therapeutic Riding, Horsin’ Around, and Shane’s Cavalry
  • Served over 70 individual participants who participated in over 1,200 hours of services
  • Offered community service hours for troubled teens through the Knox County Juvenile Court System
  • Hosted a week of summer camp for The Epilepsy Foundation
  • Presented and held informational opportunities at local service fairs and community organizations