The Lakeland Center provides unique, innovative programming that not only provides therapeutic riding but also offers documentation utilizing multiple standardized measurements and technology to provide scientifically based measurable outcomes on client goals and lesson plans.


Therapeutic riding lessons promote physical, emotional, and cognitive growth for clients. Therapeutic riding benefits include improvement in posture, mobility, flexibility, balance, core strength, muscle memory, fine and gross motor skills, confidence, coordination, strength, endurance, cardiovascular and respiratory function, and interpersonal relationships. 


Common diagnoses served include but are not limited to Autism, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Learning and/or Cognitive diagnosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, and ambulatory, neurological, or orthopedic challenges.  


Private and semi-private lessons are available (no more than 2 riders in a semi-private lesson).  Due to our research and evidence-based programming, intake forms, assessments, and evaluations are thorough. We also require medical history forms and a physician release form. These requirements allow us to provide the best lesson goals and plans both on and off the horse for measurable outcome and progress reports.  The process is a fun learning experience, and we will help answer any questions you may have.

For more information on our programming, how to get started, and pricing please contact us.


Rose-Hulman/Christy Project was established in 2012 in honor of an inspiring Rose-Hulman bio-medical engineering student. This collaboration between the Lakeland Center and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology focuses on improving our therapeutic riding lessons through exclusive technology designed by engineering students.  The Rose-Hulman/Christy Project utilizes bright student minds to design real-world products that can revolutionize the therapeutic riding industry.


The Lakeland Center identifies needs of clients served, and the engineering capstone students design a prototype for testing.  Over time the prototypes are refined as the staff at the Lakeland Center determines functionality and measurability before and during sessions. These prototypes allow staff to evaluate clientele via a simulated horse experience while providing biofeedback data measurements on the physical and cognitive states of clientele.  The results allow clients to benefit from their lessons in new ways while the Lakeland staff  measures the progress clients are making.  The data collected from the use of this innovative technology and learning experience are vital to developing the industry.


The Lakeland Center has identified some of the top diagnoses served in the therapeutic riding industry and offers a full year research study providing both therapeutic riding and technology programming to identified research participants. Candidates do not necessarily need previous therapeutic riding backgrounds. This is a full time commitment, consisting of four ten-week sessions per year and including a combination of technology and riding sessions, riding sessions alone, and technology sessions alone.

For more information on becoming a part of this ground breaking research project please contact us.


Lakeland Mobile  utilizes the technology from the Rose-Hulman/Christy Project designs and offers the benefits of therapeutic riding to clients by bringing the simulated horse experience and exercise programs to those in need in our communities.


Research indicates that physical activity opportunities for identified persons with a physical or cognitive diagnosis of all ages are important, yet programs that promote physical activity are often limited. These activities not only improve health and well-being but decrease secondary health problems.  Although the horse is the idea catalyst, due to the relationships and bonds they build, there are many person who do not have the opportunities to do therapeutic riding.  (Limitations include but are not limited to health issues, resources, finances, TR waiting lists, sensitivity to extreme weather conditions, hospitalizations/rehab, and inclement weather.)


Bringing the first ever Mobile Therapeutic Riding experience to the community will increase the overall health and well-being of our targeted clientele, increase the numbers served, and provide in depth data via our research efforts into the benefits associated with therapeutic riding.


The Lakeland Mobile Unit will also allow us to provide STEM educational opportunities to our community schools.  The technology will allow students to see the real-life implications of STEM and how it affects others.


This program will have a satellite site in Hendricks and Putnam County. We can also consider different locations to serve groups that can provide space for our simulators and technology.


For more information on interested group services or school visits for our Mobile Project this winter, please contact us.