Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center (aka BITS ETC)
Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association located in central New Hampshire. BITS ETC is dedicated to providing quality time with a horse for people from 2 to 92. Certified instructors and therapists provide safe and effective treatment for people living with disabilities. Therapeutic riding can improve physical strength and balance. Hippotherapy is defined as interventions by licensed Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, or Mental Health Practitioners utilizing the horse as co-therapist.
From one of our students: "My name is Brian. I am 47 years old and was born with Spina Bifida. When I was young I was able to walk, run and even drive. Many years ago I lost my ability to walk due to a heart attack. I always wanted to ride a horse so when I was told about BITS I was so happy it was so close to home. The very first time I was assisted onto the horse, the instructor talked me through what she was going to do and what was expected from me. I won't lie - I was nervous. I find the staff to be professional, kind and fun to be with. I never thought that I would be able to dismount on my own, but I have. In the seven months I have had lessons I find my balance is much better. I love the horses they are well trained and smart. I really enjoy BITS."