Our Mission

Horse Sense & Sensitivity enhances the life skills and self-confidence of individuals with special needs. We are a non-profit organization that supports growth, healing and development through use of therapeutic horseback riding. These services are provided for physically and mentally challenged children and adults in the Jacksonville area.

We are a 501c3 volunteer organization. Volunteers run the board, serve at every lesson as side walkers and leaders, help the organization raise operating funds and maintain the organization.  Volunteers and instructors provide care for all horses used in the program. With no paid staff, we have very low overhead so nearly all funds donated go to operations including care and feeding of horses.


Horse Sense & Sensitivity is a non-profit organization that supports therapeutic horseback riding. These services are provided for physically and mentally challenged children and adults in the Jacksonville area.

Our all volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of community members committed to quality horseback riding instruction made available for all including those with special needs. 

Participants who cannot afford a modest instructor fee may apply for a scholarship through the instructors, forms available upon request.  Donations may be specifically directed to scholarship funding.

Want to volunteer? We do a comprehensive training session covering different types of equine assisted therapies, the roles of side-walkers and horse handlers (our two main volunteer roles), important safety tips and other information about Horse Sense and our operations.  In addition, there is a hands on portion of the training. We will groom and tack the horses and practice the roles of side walkers and horse handlers. Please wear closed toed shoes.

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Your contributions mean the world to us! They allow us to continue to make a difference.

How to get started Volunteering with HSS! We would love to have you!

Prospective Participant Application Package


questions? want to know more? contact us at horsesensejax@gmail.com
  Horse Sense & Sensitivity, Inc.