Best days happen here!


Explore our expanding range of programs that address special needs gaps.

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89% of your donations directly impact people's lives. Your donation matters.



Our Impact

Each year, Equestrian Connection therapy services positively impact the lives of thousands of mentally, emotionally and physically challenged children and adults! Their “Best Days Happen Here” -at our 26,000 square-foot, warm and loving Lake Forest, Illinois facility where Equestrian Connection clinically-licensed occupational and physical therapists, social workers, clinical psychologists, and a professional staff of instructors excel.



Ranging in ages from 2 to 105, our clients have realized the benefits of this therapy  in their daily living. We are committed to making “Best Days Happen Here” for everyone who participates despite their disability.



Since our inception we've provided an ever growing number of therapy visits due to the increased number of programs we've created. With corporate and foundation support, and  by collaborating with professionals in the field, we continue to meet the unmet needs for special needs services.



Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Equestrian Connection provides therapy services-despite the ability to pay-to those who require access to our portfolio of therapy programs and services.

93 % of our clients receive reduced fees for our services.


Thank you Grand Appliance!



Equestrian Connection's mission to improve the physical, mental and emotional well being of life of those with disabilities, emotional illness, and special needs by providing equine therapy and other therapy services that fill voids and address unmet needs with the use of highly trained horses, licensed and experienced therapists, and an understanding pool of trained volunteers. We will provide services to all those who need it despite their ability to pay.

Our Programs

At Equestrian Connection, our client feedback of “Best Days Happen Here” drives our ongoing commitment to exceptional client service. As a result, we make our therapy programs for mentally, emotionally and physically challenged children and adults accessible in individual or group settings. While many years ago, Equestrian Connection provided only hippotherapy and therapeutic riding; today, we offer more than seventeen (17) programs - from art and massage therapy to job training and team building. 

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Get Involved


Volunteer opportunities

Become an Equestrian Connection volunteer and help clients realize that their Best Days Happen Here, so too will yours! We love our volunteers and welcome your help. 


Make a Donation

Thank you for your generosity!  Every donation helps us accomplish our mission with 89% of donations directly impacting program costs.