Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is a community where horses transform the bodies, minds, and spirits of people with disabilities.
A history of transforming lives
Little Bit was founded in 1976 by a woman named Margaret Dunlap. Margaret had Multiple Sclerosis and found that being on the back of a horse slowed the advance of her disease. From our humble beginnings of one horse and five riders, we have grown to be one of the largest nationally accredited, industry-leading PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International centers and one of the largest full-time therapeutic horsemanship programs in the United States. We offer Adaptive Riding and Hippotherapy, and serve 230 riders and patients each week with 22 horses and the help of more than 350 volunteers.
MAKING STRIDES THROUGH THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP
Our flagship programs—Adaptive Riding and Hippotherapy—both utilize the unique qualities of the horse to effect positive change in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
These programs provide life-changing physical benefits including strengthening muscles, preventing bone weakness and joint dislocation, improving balance, and enhancing hand/eye coordination. These benefits improve a rider’s overall health, which, in turn, can increase life expectancy.
They also ripple into other aspects of daily living: promoting confidence and independence, improving communication skills and peer interaction, enhancing concentration and memory, stimulating problem-solving, and providing achievable goals.
Clinics & Seminars
LITTLE BIT AT DUNMIRE STABLES
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center at Dunmire Stables is located at 18675 NE 106th St. in Redmond, Washington.
On April 8, 2013, Little Bit welcomed riders and patients to Dunmire Stables, our 14-acre site, the result of the incredible generosity of many donors, especially Mike and Phyllis Dunmire.
The facility boasts a 41-stall barn, enabling Little Bit to grow its herd of four-legged therapists
A quarter-mile racetrack provides riders an enclosed and private place to trail ride
Two covered arenas for year-round riding in addition to an outdoor arena
A community viewing space for riders, patients, caretakers, families, and volunteers to watch lessons and treatments
A tack barn for riders and patients to participate in grooming and tacking their horses
A training center for volunteer trainings, workshops, and national certifications
Little Bit's goal is to increase our capacity to serve more individuals with disabilities. There is no shortage of potential riders and patients so our goal is to gradually increase the herd and professional staff to support expanded services.
Providing life-changing opportunities to our wait list, as well as maintaining the services to our current 230 riders and patients is our number one goal.