Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding


Since 1992 Sleepy Hollow therapy has been providing hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, riding for the disabled and para equestrian sport riding, for people with special needs.

Our mission is to provide excellence in treating and working with people with special needs, in both Therapeutic riding and an Occupational Therapy. We also provide training and education in the field of Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy.

Our goal is to assist and inspire our riders and patients to reach their dreams and capabilities.

Saddling up a horse is an enjoyable experience for many people, but for an individual with a disablility it can signify much morse – a road to recovery and freedom.Each year people with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities are discovering the benefits of Therapeutic Horse back riding. Horses provide challenges as well as rewards.

Therapeutic riding is the use of the horse and equine orientated activities to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals. The benefits of therapeutic horse riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served. Research shows that students who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional, cognitive, social, educational and behaviour rewards.

The differences between Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy is that Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy used by therapists who specialise in Hippotherapy. The therapists treat with the help of a trained horse professional. Therapeutic Riding is conducted by a Therapeutic riding instructor who consults regularly with a therapist and the therapist does the assessment and determines aims and goals for that rider and a program is devised with the Therapeutic Riding Instructor. In Hippotherapy the horse influences the patient, and the patient does not usually influence the horse in any way, as the horse professional is controlling and moving the horse. In Therapeutic riding not only does the horse influence the rider, but the rider will at times influence the horse. The emphasis in Therapeutic riding is on working towards learning riding skills, through therapeutic activities on horse back, focusing on areas of challenge and specific therapy goals.

The sense of independance found on horse back benefits all who ride. The therapeutic qualities of horse riding are recognized by many medical professionals. Individuals of all ages, disabilities and many conditions utilize therapeutic riding and other equine activities, including Hippotherapy.

Therapeutic riding activities are conducted by Riding for the Disabled Instructors under the and in conjunction and over seen by Therapists specialising in Hippotherapy. Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapists or Speach Therapists who have under gone specialised training in Hippotherapy, can specialise in Hippotherapy. In South Africa Hippotherapy courses are run and organised by EATASA (Equine Assisted Therapy Association of South Africa).

Please click here for more details about the Hippotherapy at Sleepy Hollow. If you have any other queries, please phone us at 021 789 2341 or 083 261 0104, or send us an email to

Sleepy Hollow Therapy is affiliated to both SARDA (South African Riding for the Disabled Association) and EATASA (Equine Assisted Therapy Association of South Africa).

Our unique team have qualifications in B Sc Occupational therapy specialising in Hippotherapy, SARDA (South African Riding for the Disabled Association) Senior and Branch Instructors, and SANEF Instructor.



The Horses of Sleepy Hollow

- click on a horse to see its page
  1. Black Velvet
  2. Blue Ice
  3. Cognac
  4. Grand Finale
  5. Jedi all tacked up in his stable
  6. Ladybird
  7. Maestro
  8. Mulan
  9. Nutmeg looking pretty
  10. Paddy listening to his rider
  11. Rebel, always patient
  12. Smartie
  13. Truffles
  14. Tweety
  15. Winnie the Pooh