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Welcome to Boots and Buddies Therapeutic Riding
Boots and Buddies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit therapeutic riding program located in Newtown, Connecticut.    
Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.

While riding, students will build self-confidence, physical strength, improve communication skills, socialize with other riders, develop focus and concentration skills, and increase balance and flexibility while benefitting from the intuitiveness and the gentleness of the horse.  

Fall session classes start September 22!

Pre-registration evaluations are necessary for enrollment.  Please call Diana Kruzshak at (203) 733-6657 to schedule ASAP!

Click here for more information on student enrollment.

Our Mission

Our mission at Boots and Buddies is to empower riders who are steering through a variety of physical, cognitive, sensory, and/or psychosocial challenges by providing equine assisted activities and therapeutic horseback riding.

Help Support Our Mission

As a non-profit program, we can only achieve our mission with the support of generous donors like you.  Your support will make a difference -- every gift helps!   

Looking for a fun way to give back to the community?  
 Join our team at Boots and Buddies!! 
 Join the team of Boots and Buddies volunteers and become part of an exciting group working in a fun and supportive environment!

Volunteers are the heart of what we do. As a volunteer, you’ll become an integral part of our program and work directly with horses, riders, Boots and Buddies staff, and other volunteers.  

There are many ways  in which volunteers can serve. These include working directly with our horses and riders in our program, organizing fundraisers, administrative help, social media, advertising, coordinating volunteer programs, and grant writing. 
Volunteers do NOT need any horse experience -- we'll train you.

Visit our Volunteer page for more information or download and fill out the registration form now, then email it to us at [email protected]

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Download Registration Form
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Visit our events page to learn more about upcoming session dates, farm clean ups, fundraisers, and more! Sessions run year round and have open enrollment.
About Us
Visit our "About Therapeutic Riding" page to learn more about the benefits of therapeutic riding. Coming soon is our "meet the horses" page where you can learn about your future buddy!!