HALTER improves the lives of children with challenges through equine assisted services, education and research.

The needs of the child are assessed and the best service to meet those needs is determined-except for hippotherapy. Below is a list of services currently being provided.

Our Services

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Therapeutic / Adaptive Riding

​This is the biggest and oldest part of HALTER. In this service, a certified instructor with the help of the volunteers and the horses, teaches riding skills and provides social-emotional learning opportunities. The skills may range from getting control of the body, following multi-step directions, or learning how to signal choices. Individual goals are set for each rider.

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​In this service, a physical or occupational therapist partner with the horse to reach specific therapy goals. Contact Spartanburg Regional Pediatric Rehabilitation directly for this service.


Equine Assisted Learning

An educational, skill-building approach that promotes the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel, and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

provided by a licensed mental health clinician partnering with horses to address emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often does each child participate?

Most services are held each week. Therapeutic riding is held weekly from September-May, with some summer opportunities. Therapy is held weekly until the child is discharged by the therapist. Some camp opportunities are open, call for availability.

What is the Enrollment Process?

Step 1: Complete the application form in the link below (if you are seeking Occupational or Speech therapy contact the hospital directly)

Step 2: Contact Sarah Newman, Program Coordinator, if you have any questions about the application.

Step 3: Once HALTER receives and reviews the application, an assessment will be set up to better understand your child’s needs and goals. 

Step 4: If HALTER has an opening, your child will be enrolled to begin within a couple of weeks.

  • If HALTER does not currently have an opening, your child will be placed on the waiting list
  • Children on the waiting list are matched to the opening that best suits them, the waiting list is not “first on, first off.”
  • Children on the waiting list are the priority for camps in the summer

How much does it cost to participate?

Therapeutic riding is charged by the semester, payable monthly. The cost per month depends on the day of the week the child participates but averages $100 per month. 

Occupational and speech therapy may be covered by insurance. Contact the hospital for more information. 

Equine Assisted Learning services can occur weekly or in a variety of ways including multi-day or half-day “workshops”, contact Nancy Paschall to learn more. 

Field trips and camps vary by activity and length of time. Specialty camps for specific groups of children can be arranged, call for more information.