PALS promotes joy, quality of life, better health, and empowerment by providing therapeutic programs with horses.
By providing a caring, safe, and challenging environment, PALS will foster growth and individual achievement of all participants that will enable them to reach their highest potential.
PALS is a nonprofit adaptive riding center located in Bloomington, IN. We provide equine-assisted services to people with disabilities, veterans, senior citizens, and at-risk youth. The therapeutic power of the horse can offer many physical, emotional, and social benefits for a diverse population. As a PATH Intl. Premier-Accredited center, all programs are designed to be individualized and safe.
“I have seen encouraging results in their physical strength and posture, confidence and attitude, and communication skills. Our lessons are something we all look forward to each week. The staff and horses feel like family to us. There is something exchanged between a horse and rider as one rides and cares for it that cannot adequately be put into words, but I have seen the benefits of the exchange in my children and am very grateful for our experience at PALS.”
-Pamela Heinlein, Caregiver
“My time at PALS has strengthened my connection with animals, especially horses. I’ve learned to be more positive and patient with myself and others. I’ve found happiness in the progress of the clients. I finally experienced the ‘magic of the horse!’ Through my work here, I have realized I’m a lot more capable than I give myself credit for and I have natural inclination to serve others. I am sad to be leaving but I have a strong feeling I’ll be back. This experience is one that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.”
-Hannah C. from AmeriCorps