Special Strides

Great Summer Programming:

Handwriting Without Tears- Designed and implemented by occupational therapists who will engage your child in adventures on the farm that incorporate sensory motor, gross motor and fine motor activities.  Click here to find out more information and register.

Equus Learning Program; 2016 Summer Series-A learning program where adolescents and adults with different learning styles and needs are inspired to discover their strengths through engagement with our horses and farm activities. Click here to find out more information and register.


Exciting News

Special Strides is very excited to add Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, a needed and exciting service, to our array of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Currently, we offer a Medical/ Therapeutic Model (Physical and Occupational Therapy), a Recreational Model (therapeutic/ adaptive riding and driving), and an Educational Model (EQUUS and Equine Facilitated Learning).  We welcome, Martha Heinkel MS, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of clinical experience and expertise. She will be joining our therapy team providing mental health services.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is here and Martha is helping clients and families in ways we have eagerly anticipated for several years.

“….. After my daughter had her second session with Martha i was utterly amazed. We spoke about my daughter and I learned for the first time to celebrate her uniqueness instead of trying to change it.  Martha was the first person to help me and my daughter see this as an asset.”

….. the mother of a current client receiving EFP

Our Mission

Special Strides is a non profit organization devoted to improving the lives of individuals with special needs. With a unique combination of horses, therapy, and affordances of the  natural setting, Special Strides is able to achieve recreational, educational and therapeutic goals in an atmosphere that is all about fun.  It is our goal to be able to provide all individuals who come to us an opportunity to “improve their lives….. one stride at a time” regardless of their financial status.

Special Strides is a multi-disciplinary therapy clinic and equine center providing equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT). Located on beautiful Congress Hill Farm in Monroe NJ, Special Strides is a place were children and adults are inspired to discover their strengths through engagement with horses, therapy and other farm activities  The therapeutic facility offers a variety of options including physical therapy, occupational therapy, mental health, adaptive horseback riding, adaptive carriage driving, experiential learning and equine facilitated learning.  A strong team of experienced therapists and instructors, equine specialists, and dedicated volunteers develop and implement therapeutic strategies that foster growth based on each individual’s strengths and their treatment/recreational goals. .

Please contact us if you would like a tour.


Download Special Strides Brochure for more information.