Welcome to HorsePower!

Mission Statement: HorsePower provides equestrian programs/therapies for individuals with physical, emotional, and/or cognitive challenges in a quest for personal independence, accomplishment, self-pride, and well-being.

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Neighworthy Notes (that’s horse speak for check it out!):

  • HorsePower is accepting donations of small square bales of quality grass hay. If you would like to gift the therapy horses with hay this upcoming holiday season, please contact our office.

  • Follow our tweeting pony on Twitter: hp_pony

  • Fall 2016 paperwork is due 6/13/16! Participants, please note: the tab, “Client Forms”, has all of the forms that our participants need to print and fill out to enroll in a HorsePower session.

HorsePower, formerly known as Handi-Riders, Inc., has served the Sioux Empire community since 1985 – that’s just over 30 years! We believe in the power of the horse that changes human lives.  HorsePower is a designed therapy, but the effect on our riders is pure magic.   The joy of our riders is totally contagious, and amazing things happen right before our eyes.  Rider’s stiff legs seem to melt into the warm sides of horses.  Cramped muscles relax and what is rigid becomes supple. Slumped postures morph into erect backbones, proudly showing off riding skills.  Children who have never spoken become verbal.  

HorsePower offers 3 traditional therapies. Please visit our Programs page for information on what program is right for you or your loved one. 

View KELOland story on HorsePower:  http://www.keloland.com/videoarchive/index.cfm?VideoFile=111006eyehorsetherapy

Sioux Empire United Way is proud to partner with many unique programs to meet the needs of the Sioux Empire. HorsePower is so honored to be a United Way Partner Agency! Thank you United Way for believing in us!

Some HorsePower History:

2010 was a milestone for the (then) Handi-Riders program in so many ways;  setting the stage for the 2011 expansion of the mission, and new name.  2010 was the 25th anniversary of opening our program to the Sioux Empire.  2010 was the year that we finally achieved our greatest dream – to heat and insulate our riding facility so we could expand our small summer program to a year-round fully functioning therapeutic riding facility, with scholarship funding available. 2010 was the year we truly OPENED NEW DOORS of opportunity.  Our most heartfelt thank you to all who made this possible.  Our long awaited goal has been due to the generosity of the people of the great Sioux Empire.  You are making a difference in lives, and we are so proud to be a part of this wonderful community of caring people. Handi-Riders Board of Directors and Staff carry on the dream of early founders, and especially the vision and leadership of a very special Hartford family who dedicated their lives to see this dream become reality.  It is impossible to count the hours of sacrifice of the family of Sally Griggs, including Beckie Joe Petterson, Mandy Jo Healy, and Kris Kalb.

  1. Good morning. ..I am from Northern Minnesota. ..researching equine therapy and am interested in getting one going up here in Badger, Mn. I would be very interested in visiting your facility if that would be possible? I would really appreciate visiting with you … do you accept visitors? Would appreciate hearing from you soon. .. Sincerely
    Barbara Holum
    24567 Co Rd 16
    Badger,MN 56714

    • Hi Barbara! Thanks so much for contacting us. I will pass your contact info on to our Executive Director, who will be in touch about setting up a time for you all to visit, and for you to come down. I am sure we would be quite open to that. Best of luck in starting your center!
      Marisa Draper

  2. Will there be a HorsePower show at the fairgrounds this year? If so, where could I find a show bill?

    • Hi Sadie! It does not appear that we will be having a show at the fairgrounds this year. We are working on plans for the Horse Show that will happen this year, and will announce it as soon as things are finalized! Please “Like” our Facebook page, if you haven’t already, as that’s likely where a lot of the information will be announced first! https://www.facebook.com/HandiRiders

  3. I have volunteered at your ranch before years ago and would love to do so again. I have my associates in adaptive PE and have always worked with horses and the physically and mentally challenged. If you have any openings I would love to join your team. Thank you, Michelle Morris.

    • How wonderful to hear from you, Michelle! Thanks for thinking of us again! We would love to have you volunteer again. I will pass your email along to our volunteer coordinator, Cairn, and have her get in touch with you. Thanks!

  4. Mary Lou jackson

    I have a 20 year old quarter horse gelding in excellent health, that I would be willing to donate. He use to be a show horse. He loves people. He hasn’t been ridden in a while but is a super quiet horse. I don’t have the time for him and I don’t want to sell him. He is lonely. His barn name is Hank. I also have several small square bales of alfalfa. If interested please let me know. I live outside of alcester.

    • Dear Mary Lou,
      Thank you so much for your message! We are always grateful when someone offers to start a conversation about donating their horse, and we want you to know your willingness to entrust us with your dear friend means a lot to us. I have forwarded your message and information to Tasha, and she or Rachel will be in contact with you to discuss details, the screening process, etc., to see if he would indeed be a good fit for our program. Thank you, very kindly, for your offer, and we will be in touch soon!

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