Scottsdale Therapeutic Riding Program
Since our inception in 1996, our horses have helped thousands of children and adults establish more mindful connections with themselves and other people. That’s why we named our program “Hunkapi,” a Native American word that means “I am related to everyone.”It’s not always easy to explain Hunkapi. We believe it’s impossible to interact with a horse and walk away unchanged. Hunkapi’s programs all have one aim—to use the bond between horse and human as the catalyst for positive growth in your life or the life of your child.
How We Started
In the late 1990s, Debbie Crews, PhD, a research professor at Arizona State University, discovered that horseback riding had a positive effect on children with AD/HD and autism. The children showed greater self-esteem, reduced depression, and reduced anxiety, among other improvements. This led to the development of a therapeutic riding program at ASU known as Hunkapi, which later became an independent nonprofit organization in sun-drenched Scottsdale.
How We’ve Grown and Continue to Grow
Today Hunkapi Programs, Inc. offers Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for both children and adults. Led by a staff of PATH certified Instructors, Therapists and teams of experienced volunteers; Hunkapi Programs, Inc. continues to lead the industry by offering integrative, unique and expansive holistic programs to the clients we serve.