Equine Therapy

Alzheimer's patients enjoying Equine therapy on Long Island

 Our program is focused on people spending time “in the moment” with the horses, in a beautiful, natural setting.  Participants are guided through gentle interactions, such as feeding and grooming.  These activities promote connection to the accepting, friendly equine spirits.  Horses are highly intuitive creatures, receptive to both verbal and non-verbal communication. 

Many of the horses at Blossom Hollow Farm are rescue animals. Both full-sized and miniature horses are featured in the program. Equine Therapy is suitable for people with early to moderate stage Alzheimer’s disease, who have a reasonable degree of mobility.

ADRC’s Equine Therapy Program runs one outing per month.  They take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A bus leaves ADRC’s Bay Shore location (45 Park Avenue) promptly at 8:45 a.m. and returns by 2:00 p.m.   Participants travelling directly to Blossom Hollow Farm should  plan to arrive by 10 a.m.  Casual dress, “outdoor” shoes, and a change of clothing are recommended, as some activities take place in the farm’s stables.  A boxed lunch is served.

There is no fee for participating in ADRC’s Equine Therapy Program for the individual with Alzheimer’s disease and their primary caregiver.  There is a $20 per person fee for additional caregivers, who are admitted based on space availability. 

Reservations for all participants are required one week prior to the session date.

Please contact Michele Payne, Director of Programs at 631.580.5100, ext. 304 to register or for more information.

2019 ADRC Equine Therapy Program Dates:

  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 22
  • June 26
  • September 25
  • October 23
  • November 20