Our Mission:

Specialized Equine Services (SES), through accredited professionals and dedicated volunteers, provides equine therapeutic riding for children, adults, and Veterans with disabilities, improving their quality of life through the healing power of horses.

Our goal as Specialized Equine Services (SES) is to provide exceptional therapeutic riding through trained, accredited, and dedicated professionals and volunteers, improving the quality of life for those in Southern Illinois.

Why choose therapeutic riding?

Equine therapeutic riding is a widely used therapeutic tool for children, adults, and Veterans with physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive disabilities, as well as those suffering the effects of trauma.

Watch our video below to to understand the impact SES has on the lives of our riders

Transformative Therapy

How Does It Work?

Therapeutic Riding is an equine-assisted activity using the horse mounted or non-mounted, for positive interaction with an individual. The interaction contributes to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs.

This format is fun, exhilarating, and holds the potential to change a person’s perspective on life! In addition to the physical benefits of therapeutic riding, contact with the animal is a powerful experience.  The strong bond that can develop between horses and people often has a profound, uplifting effect on those who are troubled or suffering.

Riding is more than just fun; it supports learning, cognititve development, speech, increases physical motor skills, develops muscles, improves balance, flexibility, and more.  We have seen students progress from needing lots of support with balance to little support while riding. Also, we see students become verbal over time, engaging in multiple-word sentences and meaningful conversations with the instructor and volunteers.

Serving Our Veterans

Finding Purpose Post Service

Our Veteran Equine Therapeutic Services (VETS) program has helped many Veterans heal emotional trauma and recover from related physical conditions.

One of our program Veterans states that he just did a drive-by on his first trip to the stables. He didn’t feel that he was good with people. The veteran attended a Friday session the next week and kept coming back each week after that. He feels like he has learned a lot over the years. He says, “I have learned to be more assured of myself around people. I have more control over words and actions, and I have learned to be calm and have more respect for other people. I look forward to every Friday. I am better at home and more pleasant to be around. Horses and people may be the perfect combination of the little things that make life worthwhile.”

Learn more about the benefits of Equine Therapeutic riding for Veterans by clicking below.

See If You Qualify…

Clients must be at least four years of age to participate in therapeutic riding classes.

There is no maximum age to participate.

Get Involved…

SES volunteers make a difference by willingly offering their time and talent. Many wonderful people give their time and talents to help with programs that bless our organization.

We are a 501(c) 3 organization.  Make Your Tax Deductible Donation Today.


Telephone: 618-607-4110

P.O. Box 520
Carterville, IL 62918

Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Hours: 9am - 4pm

Closed: Tuesday

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