Three Gaits was started in 1983
by Gail Brown
and Lorrie Renker, one horse and eight riders. The guiding
vision was a love for horses and an interest in
providing equine-assisted activities for individuals
with disabilities in Dane County. The name Three Gaits refers to
three movements of a horse -- walk, trot and canter.
Community response to the program was
enthusiastic, and by 1986, Three Gaits gained sufficient support to
obtain a mortgage for our 20-acre farm located on Highway 138
between Stoughton and Oregon. This move gave the non-profit
organization greater flexibility in designing a quality program that
is tailored specifically to individual needs of each rider.
Today, approximately fifteen program horses,
a large number of volunteers, and a limited, yet very dedicated staff
than 250 children, youth and adults each year the opportunity to extend therapy,
special education and interpersonal skill development into the horsemanship
experience. This includes group lessons, day camp, individual and
As a non-profit
501(c)3, tax-exempt corporation, Three Gaits relies
on support from the community to accomplish its goals. Volunteers
give time and special expertise at the stable, property or office.
Organizations contribute in
many ways, including donating stable and riding equipment, funds
for scholarships, buildings and special projects, or contributing
a sound, quiet and well-trained horse or pony.
The steady growth of Three Gaits
therapeutic riding program and the continued demand for services
make it evident that consumers and their families, as well as service
providers and other professionals, feel that the program has a definite
positive impact on the participants' lives.
Since 2002, Three Gaits
has been a Premier Accredited Center with PATH International,
Professional Association of Therapeutic
Horsemanship International (formerly NARHA). PATH
responsible for establishing safety standards and quality
control. PATH International also certifies our riding
they have passed written examinations and evaluations of their
teaching and riding skills. In addition instructors are First
Aid and CPR certified and they participate in a minimum of twenty
hours of continuing education annually.
It is the policy of Three Gaits,
Inc. to promote equal service and employment opportunities for all
employees, clients, board members and applicants to the agency.
Equal service and employment opportunity means the treatment of
those categories of people mentioned above without regard to their
age, race, sex, creed or religion, marital status, sexual orientation,
national origin, color, disability, ancestry, or political affiliation.