The power of the horse is beneficial for people living with all types of disabilities.

At NVTRP, students are given the opportunity to create strong bonds with our amazing equine partners and strengthen body and mind through equine-assisted services. We offer the following services to the community.

  • Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship

    Therapeutic riding teaches individuals who live with disabilities how to ride and care for horses. Individuals gain physical, social and emotional rewards through challenging and stimulating activities. Increases are seen in balance, strength, coordination, confidence, concentration and emotional regulation while having fun!

  • Physical & Occupational Therapies

    NVTRP's occupational therapists and physical therapists use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement and the barn environment as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes. Skillfully applied equine movement, under the direction of a therapist, can offer the patient the opportunity for complex motor learning. The motivation of receiving therapy with the help of a horse, increases progress and results.

  • Recovering Military Service Personnel

    NVTRP offers special sessions for recovering military service personnel. These lessons are a mixture of therapeutic riding and equine assisted learning and focus on the participants relationship-building with the horse, which allows for healing in many ways. Horses are non-judgmental partners who thrive on positive relationships and teamwork, helping these individuals continue to return to this new situation and create bonds with humans as well as horses.

  • Mental Health & Wellness

    NVTRP's mental health and wellness program offers a variety of experiences to cater to the needs of the client including: Psychotherapy integrating conventional therapeutic techniques with relationship building and horsemanship activities with horses; mental health group workshops; and psychotherapy in nature utilizing the farm atmosphere. Interacting with horses provides clients with opportunities to learn more about their relationship patterns, communication styles, and beliefs about themselves and others.

  • Equine-Assisted Learning & Development

    Equine-assisted learning combines personal growth goals with equine activities. These sessions partner with the horse through groundwork. Some examples of goals could be: building communication skills, or learning teamwork all through customized lesson plans that create goals for the group. NVTRP collaborates with school groups, corporate teams and families, creating a non-judgmental space to practice these important life skills.

  • Summer Camp

    NVTRP provides half-day community lesson and therapeutic riding summer camps. Summer camps include riding lessons; hands-on, educational horsemanship sessions; games; arts and crafts; and lots of opportunities for small group socialization in a supportive setting.


  • Community Lessons

    NVTRP offers a small amount of riding and horsemanship lessons for those without disabilities to spread the therapeutic value of horses to client siblings and others in the community. Registrations are first come first serve. Follow link to be added to NVTRP's email list to receive registration opportunities.

  • Community Partnerships

    In 2009, NVTRP launched its Community Outreach program broadening its reach within the community. Working in partnership with other organizations that also serve key constituents, NVTRP provides riding and horsemanship lessons to groups in need of additional services. This has been a wonderful way to allow new people to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of horses. Some examples of NVTRP’s community partners are: Second Story, MVLE, Larmax Homes, Washington School for Girls, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier County.

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Mailing address:

6429 Clifton Road, Clifton,VA 20124


Physical address:

12933 Popes Head Road. Clifton, VA 20124

Entrance to the farm is on Popes Head Road.

Please contact us for a tour of our facilities.



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