Therapeutic Horsemanship of West Michigan is a
501(C)3 nonprofit organization
Michigan Charitable Trust
current Michigan Solicitation registration
internationally and nationally-certified horseback riding instructors--PATH Intl (formerly NARHA), 4-H PEP, EMAP, & OK Corral membership
(616) 516-6670; leave messages for return calls
Community Service Opportunities
The essential component of equine-facilitated experiences is the horse. THWM’s goal is to impact the lives of area, state and national therapy centers’ clientele through provision of well-trained, adaptable therapy horses and ponies to facilities. While the basic nature of therapy horse candidates must be tolerant and nurturing, THWM staff builds proficiencies through desensitization and specialized schooling for relevant therapy scenarios. This results in educated, energetic, and empathetic partners in hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, equine-assisted learning, psychotherapy, and advanced independent horsemanship, to quantify but a few uses.
THWM offers education opportunities to special-needs consumers, caregivers, agencies, schools and colleges, associations, service groups and industry facilities, through contracted instructor services; program, intern and apprentice instructor mentorships; and clinics/seminars addressing topics relevant to equine-facilitated therapies.
THWM customizes community service opportunities for qualifying agencies, schools, associations, and individuals. Whether conducted as merit, service-learning, court-mandated or health services, we provide worksites and activities which both increase awareness of and reward commitment to the special-needs population.
THWM accepts financial contributions and noncash donations to assist them in furthering their goals. Additionally events and fundraising activities are conducted to underwrite projects and operating expenses. Without the participation of the general public, we would be unable to continue this work.
THWM is in its 23nd year of service to the special-needs riding community. Over the course of past years, our program instructors have taught several thousand riders, utilized over 150 therapy horses and benefited from the assistance of nearly five thousand volunteers. We have mentored and assisted the certification of 8 PATH International (NARHA) and 4-H PEP (special needs) therapeutic horseback riding instructors, and 5 Grand Valley State University recreational therapy interns.
Please go to our Lessons Page for further information on upcoming programming, and how to schedule for multi-week sessions, one-time equine experiences, volunteering opportunities, etc.
Funding for these activities come from the many events and opportunities listed on both this page, Fundraisers and Coming Events pages. We encourage you to participate where you can, to help us continue our service to the community.
Monetary Contributions should be directed to the following mailing address:
Therapeutic Horsemanship of West Michigan (THWM)
18095 68th Avenue
Coopersville, MI 49404-9408
Dates and times for delivery/pick-up of Non-Cash Donations should be cleared with THWM staff in advance.
Drop-in visits at the facility cannot be accommodated.