About Us

To improve the quality of life of children, adults, active military and veterans with special needs by connecting humans and horses in a healing environment.

Chrissy, a Quarter Horse Mare at Maryland Therapeutic Riding, enjoys loving attention from MTR volunteers (from left) Sue (last name withheld for privacy) and Sally (last name withheld for privacy) at MTR, Crownsville, Maryland, June 26, 2018. MTR horses are given a lot of attention as a token of appreciation for everything they do for the staff and patients. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Mort) (exposure adjusted for original lighting)

MTR's services support our mission by connecting human and horse to help conquer physical, developmental and emotional challenges and improve quality of life. In addition, we provide a community of support for parents who often feel isolated when dealing with illness or disability.

Founded in 1996 by Naomi Parry, Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) has grown into an award-winning therapeutic riding center, has been accredited by the distinguished Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) for 16 years and Premier Certified since 2000.

Our Instructors and Therapists

Maryland Therapeutic Riding’s licensed therapists and certified instructors work with the healing and therapeutic power of horses to improve the balance, strength, muscle tone, self-image, self-confidence, and quality of life for individuals with special needs. As a premier accredited center of PATH Intl., MTR operates under professionally designed safety and therapeutic standards.

Our Herd

The horses selected to be part of the team at MTR must undergo a rigorous 90 day trial during which they are tested for suitability for the program. Our horses are physically, mentally and emotionally fit and engaged in continuing their education and training with highly qualified riders. We are invested in keeping them healthy through holistic and traditional health care, stimulated through play, turn-out and dressage training, and happy with a balanced work/play/rest schedule.

Our Board

Maryland Therapeutic Riding's Board of Directors consists of highly experienced community leaders who are committed to the mission of the organization. Click below for a list of current members.