Rising Tide Therapeutic Programs


As of February 2018, we are so excited to welcome Rising Tide Therapeutic Programs to Misty Meadows. We are now one GREAT organization!


The backstory: Since 2007, Rising Tide has been improving the lives of individuals living with disabilities and challenges on Martha's Vineyard through connections with horses.

Rising Tide Therapeutic Programs involve community members of all ages and abilities. They have worked with individuals as well as community groups such as Camp Jabberwocky, The Bridge Program, Project Headway, Island Autism Group, Martha's Vineyard Community Services, Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation, and the public and charter schools on the Vineyard. 

We'll be expanding these therapeutic services and opportunities to connect a more diverse group of individuals to the powerful experience of equine-assisted learning.

Click here to see Press Release.

What Are Therapeutic Programs?

Therapeutic programs encompass many activities that partner with the horse. Based on input from therapists, teachers, doctors, and parents, the client's individual goals are designed to complement ongoing therapy and education.  Benefits of the equine experience are threefold: 

1. Physical - The motion of the horse stimulates the rider much like the motion of walking. Riding also relaxes and strengthens muscles while improving muscle tone, posture, balance, joint mobility, and coordination. 

2. Emotional - Interactions with horses provide a noncompetitive setting for learning new abilities, self-discipline, and improved concentration which all help in building self-confidence. 

3. Social - Horseback riding nurtures a positive self-image. Riders and handlers experience independence plus a sense of being part of a team.

Equine-related therapy and activities don't always involve riding. Everyone can benefit from being around our horses! They are fun, curious and loving animals. Come by the center to meet our herd. Experience for yourself how horses can change lives!


Our Therapeutic Programs


Individual Therapeutic Sessions

Our instructors work with each individual to establish goals with our clients, their families, medical and psychological professionals. Each lesson is specifically designed for the individual rider. Lessons are typically half-hour or one-hour, and include tacking a horse, work in our indoor or outdoor arena or short trail rides.  Thanks to donors to our scholarship fund, no one will be turned away for inability to pay.


Semi-Private Therapeutic Sessions

We offer groups of two riders for
semi-private lessons. Goals are assessed for each rider and our instructors tailor the lessons to integrate with each riders goals.  Semi-private lessons are
one-hour long.