About Equi-librium

Mission Statement: The mission of Equi-librium is to empower individuals with special needs to reach their highest potential through horse-related activities.

Founded in 2001 and located on an 18+ acre farm in Nazareth, PA, Equi-librium provides individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, as well as social/emotional needs, with accessible and affordable therapy by utilizing horses as therapy tools. Equine Assisted Activity & Therapy (EAAT) programs provide benefits to individuals with special needs physically, cognitively and emotionally. Equi-librium is one of only seven PATH International premier accredited centers in the State of Pennsylvania, and the only one to offer therapeutic carriage driving as well as riding. 
 
Participants in Equi-librium's programs come from all backgrounds, with varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological or sensory disabilities. The primary disabilities include autism, ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, cancer, cerebral palsy, down's syndrome, developmental delays, down's syndrome, intellectual disabilities, MS, muscular dystrophy, OCD, ODD, Prader-Willi syndrome, sensory dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, stroke, and visual, hearing, or language impairments. Many have multiple diagnoses, and their ages range from 2 to 87.
 
Our participants come from special education classes at local schools, as referrals from social service agencies, MH/MR, Children and Youth, group homes, physicians and therapists, rehabilitation or vocational training centers and through personal referrals from other participants.
 
Equi-librium is a Partner Agency of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Equi-librium has participant partnerships with Good Shepherd, The ARC of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Access Services, KidsPeace, Youth Advocate Program, Step-By-Step, Head Start (Community Services for Children), Communities in Schools, Girl Scouts, Pocono Mountain School District, Nazareth Area School District and Stroudsburg School District. 

Equi-librium is an Approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's EITC Program. (Go to You Can Help! link for more information.)

Facility

Equi-librium purchased the former Half Halt Equestrian Center in Nazareth, Pa. in September 2014. The farm is located on 18 acres, has two barns, indoor and outdoor arenas, a spring-fed pond, farmhouse with office and meeting rooms, and 16 acres of pasture. 

Equi-librium has three full-time employees, six part-time instructors, four part-time barn assistants, one grounds and facilities maintenance person, 15 horses, 2 office cats, and 175 volunteers who provide over 14,000 hours of service each year.

 

 KUDOS!

"Recently, while visiting from Colorado, Holly Fuller McLain was invited to attend an open house for the EQUI-LIBRIUM therapeutic riding center in their new Nazareth, Pennsylvania location.  Holly was a guest of Al and Jill Douglass, generous benefactors of the program.

The new facility was excellent, with a well-ventilated indoor riding arena, clean stables, beautiful grass turn-out paddocks, outdoor arena, offices, and a staff of teachers, and volunteers who are trained to accommodate the many handicapped participants in the program.  The best part of the evening was getting to know the wonderful, bomb-proof, patient, kind, and gentle horses that range in size from mini to goliath. Several horses are used for driving carts, which is another way students can engage with the horses.

During the visit, Holly saw several students riding. The staff was well trained, conscientious; their concern for horse and rider safety was outstanding. The excitement and smiles on the students’ faces was heart-warming. Holly thought that this facility had one of the best-run programs she has seen to date."

 

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