Paradise Ranch Day Camp
A Non-profit program designed for the mentally, physically & emotionally disabled persons, using the therapeutic wonders of a horse.
Paradise Ranch, located in Springfield, Tennessee, began in 1998 by bringing one hour of recreational horseback riding to disabled clients during 8 week sessions in the spring and fall. Instruction was provided by an experienced riding instructor in an outdoor arena. The objective was to improve the client's coordination.
The program has expanded to include therapeutic horseback riding and hippo-therapy for both adult and children under the supervision of licensed occupational and physical therapist.
Indoor arena allows classes regardless of the weather or time of day. In addition a horse drawn buggy was added for those who couldn't ride a horse. A mount leader and two side walkers is required for each client. Six horses are used for each one hour class, but ten horses are maintained for the camp program to meet the varying client needs. Paradise Ranch is located approximately 30 miles above Nashville, Tennessee in a town called Springfield. Each session includes a one hour riding class each week for the clent on either Tuesday or Thursday evening.