Therapeutic Riding

Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption provides a location and gentle horses for therapeutic riding.

Felicia Ingwers, Therapeutic Riding Instructor

I have been riding horses since I was 2 years old. I learned horsemanship while growing up in the Denver area through the United States Pony club as a child and began Eventing and showing locally. I instructed Pony Club teams through college, while riding with the CSU Polo Team, followed by riding with the Denver Polo Club.

I have instructed at many levels, primarily Dressage and Hunter Jumper and was Co-District Commissioner for the Platte Valley Pony Club, where I received Instructor Certification while working with the Platte Valley and Aspen Springs Pony Clubs. I obtained my USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) Instructor Certification.
I have hosted Equestrian trips to Europe and South America.

I became a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International in 2011. In January 2015 I started Helping Hands at Friends of Horses to help people share my passion for horses. I provide equine therapy for people of all ages and disabilities. If you are in need of this type of service, please contact me at 303-810-6606 or

Children’s Advisory Network is working to help children of all income levels communicate their wants and needs in their daily lives through speech, language and hippotherapy. Through hippotherapy we are able to work with children on speech and occupational skills through building core muscle strength and practicing different sounds. Children often will perform differently for and on a horse than they often will in other settings. Karen Todd has been working in the field of speech therapy for over 25 years and has seen many improvements in children when they spend time with a horse.
During the summer, we provide a pony camp where children can attend once or twice a week to work on several different skills including; speech, social, and occupational. Call, email, or visit our website to learn more about our services.
We accept Medicaid, private insurance, and private pay.

Karen Todd, M.S. CCC-SLP

Amy M. Slaughter, MSW

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Heartstrings & Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding is a therapeutic riding center located at the Friends of Horses Rescue & Adoption facility in Englewood, Colorado, is devoted to serving children and adults of all ages with disabilities.  Heartstrings & Hoofbeats offers both therapeutic riding therapy as well as Hippotherapy.

Therapeutic Riding: NAHRA certified instructors, through therapeutic and enjoyable equine assisted activities, work with disabled riders learning basic horsemanship that stimulates physical, mental and emotional growth. Riders gain social, personal and educational confidence when working with horses as well as a sense of freedom and independence.

The three-dimensional movement of the horse’s gait, which simulates a normal human gait makes Therapeutic Riding an effective therapy tool. It encourages the rider physically and cognitively toward reaching therapeutic goals. The smooth rhythmic movement of the horse improves balance, muscle coordination and tone and motor development.  It improves the rider’s posture, strength and overall body awareness. Riders experience the joy of interacting with these gentle animals, some for the very first time in their lives, gaining a sense of independence and accomplishment.

Hippotherapy: An innovative approach to speech therapy. The child rides a specially trained horse while the speech therapist stimulates speech and language skills. This treatment tool increase speech and language skills while decreasing sensory motor difficulties. The increased muscle tone achieved through the horse riding also increases motors skills and motor planning.

For more information, contact:
Eileen Breen-Stoddard,  NARHA Certified Instructor
Phone: 303-229-6332