How to enroll in our programs
1) Call or email us to let us know what program you are interested in, so we can assure a good match for you!
2) Click here to download our application form.
3) Have your primary care physician clear you for the program by completing the designated pages of the application form.
4) Return completed, signed and dated application.
Please consider making a donation so we can offer these programs free to all. Thank you!
BITS ETC offers Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted activities for people two to ninety-two living with disabilities in central New Hampshire. Learn riding from the ground up - grooming... tacking... riding. PATH certified instructors guarantee safe and effective lessons on well trained horses.
Ride UP Program
Veterans and Uniformed Professionals learn natural horsemanship skills to care for, train and safely interact with horses from the ground and astride. This program is available through generous donations from the public. This program is FREE to veterans and first responders (fire, police, EMTs).
Riding Lessons for Seniors
Why should young people have all the fun? Some of our older riders enjoy the feel of a horse and benefit greatly from the movements of riding. Muscles stretch and gain strength, balance is improved and, for some people, the experience opens up a whole new world.
Education --- Employment --- Life Long Learning
Vocational Education at BITS ETC benefits clients from the age of 14 and up from area agencies, doctor's referrals, schools, and with peer supports. Some come with coded disabilities and some without; they stay because our horses need THEIR help. Horses foster a great work ethic!
There are eight weekly lessons per session.
Clients learn independence as skills improve, and increased self-confidence opens doors to other activities. The development of solid work habits may lead to suitable employment. Clients build on BITS' success to achieve individual employment goals. This program empowers clients to seek the next level of engagement. Some may explore the world of viable careers in the equine sector.
An excellent article from Psychology Today written by Azmaira Maker, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, discusses how equine therapy alleviates multiple emotional and behavioral struggles. Benefits include: self-esteem, trust, communication, impulse regulation, anxiety reduction, social skills and more. Click here to read the article.
From a local high school...
"Dear Pauline - Thank you so much for working with us as a community partner in creating an internship experience for our students. We so much appreciate the work you and your employees do in providing an authentic work experience for our students. Again, thank you for all you have done for us and our students. Sincerely, Susan F. and Sara B."