Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Philadelphia, PA dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding programs and equine-assisted activities and therapies for children and adults with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Pegasus is a PATH International (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) Premier Accredited Center and a member of the PA Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship.
As the city’s only full-time therapeutic riding program, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy seeks to improve the quality of life for our program participants and their families. Led by PATH-certified instructors, we provide over 100 lessons per week to people with disabilities, helping riders improve muscle strength, flexibility, motor skills, communication, mental focus, and self-esteem. We also feature an autism program, a 6-week summer program, a Senior Saddles program for riders ages 55 and older, and an unmounted equine facilitated learning program.
The Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy program partners with horses, utilizing their movement and the important bond between horse and rider, to promote improved physical and emotional well-being and independence for individuals with disabilities. At Pegasus we provide therapeutic exercise in various forms always emphasizing ability and maintaining an environment of respect and trust for our riders, volunteers and horses.
Pegasus strives to set a lasting standard of excellence in the Philadelphia area for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, changing lives through innovative and inclusive programs.
I cannot begin to thank Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, their benefactors, staff, and volunteers for providing our son, Joe, with such a unique and beneficial therapy experience.
Marie ~ Mother of a Pegasus Rider
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Carol and Rich Tatum. Combining a love of horses with a strong desire to help the disabled community, Carol was not only a gifted therapeutic riding instructor, but also a warm, loving, and dedicated person who was an inspiration to all around her. Under her leadership as executive director, Pegasus grew from a small program serving only 15 mildly disabled children per week to a year-round, full-time program serving over 100 children and adults with various disabilities.
On November 9, 2005, Carol passed away, losing her battle with breast cancer. Although she is no longer with us today, she lives on in our hearts and we honor her memory by continuing her legacy.