Our name, Positive Strides, reinforces the confidence, self-esteem and optimism that our riders achieve through our therapeutic programs. From autism and addiction recovery to PTSD and cerebral palsy, equine therapy can play a powerful role in giving a person the confidence and skills they need to live a fulfilling life. Our CATCH Riders program helps youth at risk and adults recovering from family violence and sexual abuse. Just brushing and interacting with a horse can calm a person with dementia or help someone with depression.
Making A Difference
As a nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of our donors, corporate sponsors and volunteers to continue our work. We can’t thank you enough for helping us help some of the most vulnerable people on the Eastern Shore since 1981. Please continue to make a difference in our community by donating or volunteering today.
What Our Clients Are Saying
"I have been taking my grandson, Forest, to Talbot Special Riders (now Positive Strides) since January 2018. Each week, he seems to be improving in his riding habits and his overall attitude towards life. I have asked Forest about his riding and how it makes him feel. He told me that when he is riding, it makes him feel free and in control of his emotions, and that he is beginning to feel important because he is doing something important and by himself for a change." --L. A. Dunton
A Pathway to Healing
Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Center was founded over 40 years ago by Jessie Browne, Sandy King, Kathy Stoddard, and Vonnie Rust in order to combine their passions for horses and helping people. It was known as Talbot Special Riders for many years and served a small group of riders with special needs in the Talbot County area. As the need for equine-assisted activities and therapies grew, the organization grew to serve adults and children in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.
While much has changed in the last 40 years, Positive Strides continues to work hard to create a pathway to healing for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. That will never change.
Latest News and Events
11th Annual Spring Classic Bike Tour
Calling all cyclists, volunteers and sponsors. Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Spring Classic, will be on April 13, 2024. Read more.
2024 Winter Therapeutic Riding Session
Our six-week Winter Session begins the week of Jan. 16 through Feb 22. Volunteers needed in a variety of roles. Read more.
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