Texas Tech University

Therapeutic Riding Center Focuses on Helping Others

Allen Ramsey

August 11, 2023

For many of its participants, the facility is a place of hope and growth.

This story is part of a series from the Office of Communications & Marketing spotlighting programs you can support during Texas Tech University's upcoming Day of Giving, scheduled for Aug. 15-16. For more information, visit the Day of Giving website.

The Therapeutic Riding Center (TTRC) at Texas Tech University is a place for hope. 


Through a collaborative effort of medical and universal professionals, the riding center offers the highest quality equine-assisted services on the South Plains for people with disabilities and special needs as well as veterans. 

Through hippotherapy and therapeutic riding, the center works with an array of people experiencing issues from impaired balance and abnormal reflexes to muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy. 

Housed at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, the riding center uses a fully enclosed area and a sensory trail, where riders can experience going over a bridge, through trees and up and down a hill all while feeling the natural world around them. 

The results are often spectacular. 

The video above introduces the Crisp family and the inspiring story of their daughter Kiley and how her journey, and their family's lives, have been impacted by the Therapeutic Riding Center. 

“I've really gotten to see her grow as a person,” Kiley's instructor, Morgan Kinnear, said. “She's one of my favorites to teach. She's more confident, more willing, to try new things now.”

Kiley is just one of many riders helped by the center over the years, and they hope to keep that tradition going long into the future. 

For Day of Giving this year, the TTRC is looking to fund scholarships for riders, to keep families from having to shoulder the cost of getting their loved ones the type of help the center can provide.

To make a donation to the Therapeutic Riding Center or for more information on Texas Tech's Day of Giving opportunities, please visit the Day of Giving website.