Improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs.

Our Story

The story about our little girl and how a horse changed our lives forever, and why we now offer the same gift to your family that so powerfully impacted ours.


Family is why our center exists. Our goal is to strengthen relationships within your family and to create and build new relationships with other families through mutual support and life-enriching experiences.

Therapeutic Riding

Our P.A.T.H certified instructors provide those with varying abilities with a unique form of healing through teaching them how to ride and handle horses.


Volunteering at our center is a great way to impact the lives of those with special needs while they share their joy and love for life with you.

Are you looking to improve the quality of life for your loved one? Contact Us Today!

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Our Passion

To improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, social, and/or spiritual needs by providing activities and therapy through the interaction with horses. The organization will educate others to work with horses in the treatment of individuals with these challenges.

Our Story

In April of 1988, an eleven year old girl underwent surgery for a brain tumor. It was an emergency surgery that lasted 22 hours. The little girl’s dream was to own a horse. After the surgery, the parents bought the first horse they found.
That was the beginning of the Heart of Texas Therapeutic Riding Center. My name is Shirley Wills and that eleven year old girl was my daughter, Teri. For the whole story come by, I would love to share it with you.

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity where the goal is to improve the lives of clients of varying abilities by learning riding skills and practicing horse care skills. Therapeutic riding utilizes a P.A.T.H certified therapeutic riding instructor to teach these horsemanship skills.


The term hippotherapy is derived from the Greek word "hippos" for horse and literally means treatment with the help of a horse. It is a form of medical treatment used by licensed health professionals including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech/language pathologists. The movement of the horse is used as a therapeutic tool to facilitate the client's individual therapy goals.

Water Therapy

Improve self-regulation, speech, strength and coordination to list a few. Buoyancy can assist, support, or resist depending on the therapy goals. Water therapy provides an ultimate stimulation to the body's largest organ, your skin!

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can reduce stress, increase sleep, and help develop deeper emotional connections. Also, massage therapy works synergistically with therapeutic riding and hippotherapy by loosening painfully tight muscles allowing for better control while riding.