Open Arms Therapy (OAT) - Dalhart (TX) equine therapy for the disabled

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Our Mission

It is our mission to serve the disabled in our community by providing an opportunity for disabled individuals to improve physical, psychological, social and cognitive well-being through safe equine assisted activities.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”  - Winston Churchill

Welcome!!!  Welcome to the OAT website.  OAT provides therapeutic horseback riding for the disabled.  A horse’s gait is similar to the human walk and throughout the world horseback riding is considered a uniquely beneficial form of therapy.  Therapeutic riding has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination and motor development, and in addition improves physical, psychological, social and cognitive well-being.  In addition to the health benefits; equine therapy also teaches the rider skills in horsemanship.     

Established in 2008, OAT is located in the farming and ranching community of Dalhart, Texas and the surrounding northwest Texas panhandle area.  OAT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is overseen by a board of directors.  Our organization will rely strongly on the volunteer and financial support of the local community as well as financial support we hope to gain outside the community through corporate, state and national organizations.  

Whether you are a potential participant, volunteer, or donor we hope you enjoy this website and that it will answer any questions you may have about our program. test

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Dale Rollins and 'Chester'. Photo courtesy of Kara Piehl Photography (c)

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