What is your organization’s mission statement?
Our mission is to advance individuals’ personal growth through horse-assisted learning programs
What population do you serve?
Dreams on Horseback serves youth and adults with physical, mental, and emotional challenges; and high school students who are at-risk of not graduating
How many do you serve in a year?
Dreams on Horseback provides services to more than 7,000 participants each year.
What region or area do you provide services in?
Dreams on Horseback serves children and adults in the Columbus and Central Ohio region. Most of their programs are operated from their farm, called the “Field of Dreams”, located just 15 minutes east of downtown Columbus.
How and when did the organization get started?
Dreams on Horseback began in 2002, transporting horses to inner-city Columbus to offer educational programs.
Since then, Dreams on Horseback has opened their own farm called the “Field of Dreams” and added many new programs. They are now able to offer a range of services including equine-assisted learning for children with disabilities, training and development programs for high school students, and equine therapy for elderly individuals with Alzheimers Disease.
In 2012, Dreams on Horseback was asked to create the only Special Olympics Equestrian Team in Franklin County Ohio. Athletes train year-round in preparation for the Statewide competition in Western and English style horseback riding.
Dreams on Horseback instructor volunteers became PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors in 2013. This certification allows our programs to help students with a wider range of cognitive, behavioral, and physical challenges.
How many employees do you have?
We have 17 employees and board members.
How many volunteers does your organization have? (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)
We have dozens of volunteers each year who help with a range of activities including horse grooming, farm maintenance, horse training and other activities that help keep our programs running.
How do your programs or services help the community?
Dreams on Horseback advances individuals’ personal growth through horse-assisted learning programs.
Therapeutic Riding Lessons: Designed for youth and adults with physical, mental, and emotional challenges, therapeutic riding lessons include exercises to improve gross and fine motor coordination and strengthening of core muscles and balance. Lessons are taught by instructors certified by PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and are supported by a team of volunteers who assist as horse leaders and sidewalkers.
Vocational Training: The program provides individualized education, employment training, and social skills development for high schoolers. Students enhance their skills through “on-the-job” coaching, weekly performance evaluations, teamwork training, and goal setting sessions.
Educational Opportunities for Organizations Serving At-Risk Youth: Dreams invites youth to visit our beautiful farm in Blacklick for “Dreams Ranch Day”, or we will transport horses with the “Dreams on the Road” program for an unforgettable educational opportunity for students.
Alzheimers Therapy: In association with The Ohio State University, Dreams on Horseback offers programs to patients with Alzheimers that have been proven to reduce the negative behaviors caused by the disease.
Organization: Dreams on Horseback
Work: (614) 864-9500
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd
Blacklick, OH 43004