About Us

AHEAD (Accelerated Habilitation Education And Development) WITH HORSES INC. has an over 50-year history of providing unique, highly motivating and effective therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences to disabled/disadvantaged/at-risk/special-needs children and has earned recognition educationally, medically and scientifically.  Through vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse), even severely disabled children learn and achieve with the goal of enabling them to lead more independent and productive lives.

AWH is a public non-profit 501 C 3 charitable organization equine therapy program for disabled/disadvantaged and special needs children in Shadow Hills, California. We are located at 10157 Johanna Ave, Shadow Hills, CA 91040, 818-767-6373.

Our goal is to maximize the potential of children with severe disabilities by providing innovative therapy through vaulting on horseback without regard to race, religion, sex or ability to pay for services.

The relationship between disabled children, therapeutic riding instructors and special therapy horses is the catalyst to miracles in the lives of children with disabilities. AWH is about children who reach beyond their disabilities through the efforts and support of this special team.

Horses provide particularly positive feelings for children, such as a sense of comfort, companionship and relationship inspires magical results leading to increased attention span, empathy and self-esteem.

Each week children make progress…some big and some ever so small. Whether it is a child taking his first steps, another sitting for just a moment longer or just a smile from a “non-responsive” child…these are the gifts of a lifetime.

Sessions are conducted in a one-on-one setting.


If you are interested in having a representative come to talk about AHEAD With Horses to your Organization, Club or School:

Please call (818) 767 – 6373 to schedule a Speaker.