Therapeutic Horsemanship of West Michigan

A non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing therapeutic and recreational horseback riding activities to physically, emotionally and mentally impaired individuals in Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon counties.


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 

Addressing the Equine-Facilitated Services Industry via

Therapy Horse Provision

Public Education

Community Service Opportunities

Therapy Horses

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.

Community Services

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. 

2016 Lesson Programming

THWM  completed its 23nd year of direct service to the special-needs riding community in 2014.  Over the course of those years, our program instructors taught several thousand riders, utilized over 150 therapy horses and benefited from the assistance of nearly five thousand volunteers.  We 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 affiliated programming, and where and how to schedule for multi-week sessions, one-time equine experiences, volunteering opportunities, etc.


Contact Us

We encourage you to contact us via e-mail with your comments, questions or information. Please provide you name, number and email address and we will respond as soon as possible.
If you have an emergency situation or do not have email available, please leave a detailed message at 616-516-6670 (text messaging preferred) and it will be addressed as soon as possible.
Being located at a host site, THWM staff are not always on-site to greet drop-in visitors. Please contact to pre-schedule a time to come to the facility.   

Contribution and Donation Information

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.

Those who would like to donate through PayPal should contact us through email so that we can produce an invoice from which to pay that reflects your donation. 


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What's New

Amazon 'Smiles' Program

Please designate our charitable organization to benefit when you shop.

"Soar Without Wings"  Gel Bracelets 

In 2 colors.  See Fundraisers Page


Therapy Horses Eat Year-Round.

2015-16  Hay Funds Needed.  No Donation is too Small. 

Horse Maintenance Contributions Needed Too!!

 Donate through PayPal or by Mail.


Making It Stick--Equine Legal Assistance Fund

Go to our Fundraisers Page for Ways to Assist

Choose to donate from Our Farm Wish List.  Go to our Wish List page.

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