Bonnie Riley Equine Center

Partner Type


Description and Mission

Equine Assisted Therapy has been researched and shown to provide a significant benefit in the treatment of depression, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, dementia, autism, and other chronic mental illnesses. It has been shown to increase confidence, self-efficacy, communication, trust, perspective, anxiety reduction, decreasing isolation, self-acceptance, impulse modulation, social skills, assertiveness, boundaries, creative freedom, and spiritual growth. We host and facilitate riding sessions 4-5 days a week year round plus horse camps in the summer for people with disabilities to facilitate balance, coordination, confidence, social skills, and to HAVE FUN!


Because the movement of a horse mimics the movement of a human’s walk, riders experience this movement in their bodies and receive physical, sensory, and neurological stimulation. This translates to stronger muscles, better balance and coordination, and just as importantly, greater self-confidence and self esteem. Volunteers interested in working with people with disabilities are greatly needed. Volunteers can assist with the therapeutic riding in each session throughout the week and on Saturdays as well as assisting with developing curriculum and helping with horse camp in the summers.

Special emphasis and skills:

Animal Care, Patient Assistance, Youth Emphasis, Outreach, Disabilities, Animal Companionship, Human Animal Interaction, Therapeutic Care, Recreation, Client Companionship, Class Instruction, Exercise Physiology

Contact Information:

17244 Doyle Rd.

Boonville, MO 65233
Phone: (660) 882-2377
Phone 2:(660) 882-6400


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.