Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center

Hidden Acres Mission Statement

We are dedicated to improving the minds, bodies, and spirits of children and adults with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges through the benefits of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities.

9th Annual Night of Caring

For any inquiries email us at info@hiddenacrestrc.org

HATRC is strictly following the current CDC guidelines. If you have tested positive for COVID, have symptoms, or have been exposed to someone that tested positive please carefully read the latest guidelines to determine if you are able to come to the farm. Masks may be required. We thank you for helping to ensure the safety and health of our participants and our staff.  Note: guidelines vary based on vaccination history, please plan accordingly.

Hidden Acres subsidizes 50-70% of the cost of all programming and offers scholarships to those that need additional assistance. We strongly believe anyone in need should have access to the profound healing from equine-assisted therapy and its ability to heal the mind, body, and spirit regardless of financial means.

Currently Seeking Therapy Horse

 
Do you know of a horse that would be a perfect fit for our programs?
 
Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center, located on 80 acres in Naugatuck CT, is in search of a horse to join our therapy herd. We are a private nonprofit 501-3C providing equine assisted therapies and activities to children and adults with special needs, disabilities and mental health challenges. The members of our therapy herd are considered full partners in the therapeutic process and as such are respected team members who are afforded the best possible care. Our horses receive regular equine massage, saddle fitting, veterinary care, specialty shoeing if necessary and constant assessment of their physical and mental health. All horses have daily turn out on large grass pastures.
The horse we seek should possess the following characteristics:
• 5-17 yrs. old
• 14-15.3 hands
• Sound
• Finished W/T/C
• Calm, easy-going temperament
• Suitable for beginner riders
We are interested in all of the following: donation, free lease or horses available for purchase. You can be assured of an excellent home for your horse, whose contribution will be highly valued. In free lease situations, owners are welcome to remain in contact and continue riding their horse outside of the therapy schedule. Horses in our herd typically engage in eight or less therapeutic lessons per week. A 30-90 day assessment and training period is necessary before accepting a horse into our program. Hidden Acres provides all necessary care except for major emergency care during assessment period regardless of whether the horse is accepted into program.
Please email Rebecca: rcaruso@hiddenacrestrc.org or call/text: 203-516-8380 for more information.
 

Upcoming Event

Sunday, May 23, 2021 Centennial Picnic Gala

We hope you can join us for our Centennial Picnic Gala on May 23, 2021 at Hidden Acres Farm, 45 Gabriel Drive, Naugatuck, CT 06770.

Covid-19 has us thinking outside the box and the farm is the perfect place for social distancing while enjoying a fun and exciting event. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative and elegant picnic vignettes…

Our Programs

Therapeutic Riding
This program may be appropriate for children and adults working toward physical, educational, social, emotional or sensory goals.
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Therapeutic Riding
This program may be appropriate for children and adults working toward physical, educational, social, emotional or sensory goals.
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Unmounted Horsemanship
This course focuses on participants gaining skills related to horse care and handling as well as stable upkeep.
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Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)
The focus of equine-assisted learning is on life skills development. Participants may take part in many of the same equine activities as above whether ground work, riding or carriage driving.
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Therapeutic Carriage Driving
Therapeutic Carriage Driving may consist of ground driving, carriage driving, or both. Participants learn to bond and connect with their equine partner and communicate clearly through rein and voice aids.
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Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center


45 Gabriel Drive/PO Box 1879

Naugatuck, CT 06770