About Us

The relationship between disabled children, therapeutic riding instructors, and our special therapy horses is the catalyst to miracles in the lives of children with disabilities. The horses provide a sense of comfort and companionship. This unique dynamic, which cannot be replicated by a machine, inspires magical results which we are honored to witness each day. At AHEAD With Horses, every child learns, achieves, and finds success.

AHEAD With Horses, Inc. (AWH) is a 501(c)(3) equine therapy organization established in 1968 for disabled children 12 and under. Serving those in need throughout the Los Angeles Area—in Shadow Hills (soon to be Lake View Terrace) and Brentwood—AWH is recognized nationally and internationally for the work we do.

Our Mission

AHEAD With Horses is devoted to improving the quality of life of disabled, disadvantaged, and special needs children through equine therapy using vaulting also known as gymnastics on a horse. Whether it’s seeing a smile from an otherwise “non-responsive” child, or watching someone taking their first steps, the hundreds of children we serve each year regularly hit major physical, mental, and emotional milestones—gifts that last a lifetime.