14674 S. Highway 169  •  Oologah, OK 74017  •  918-371-1750  •  Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-noon
Since opening in 1997, Bit by Bit has been and continues to be
Northeast Oklahoma's premier therapeutic riding program. Founded by Linda Barron and originally located in
Claremore, Bit by Bit began as a way to make a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs
through equine therapy.
Over the years, the program has relocated to Oologah and expanded to serve over 70 students, offering
therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults living with a variety of special needs. One thing hasn't
changed: the commitment to making a difference in riders' lives. This is possible thanks to over 150
volunteers, nearly 20 horses, and generous support from donors. Together, we make strides for those with
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
The benefits of therapeutic horseback riding are many and varied. Because the horse
gently and rhythmically moves the
rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in
flexibility, balance, and muscle strength.
For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to
increase confidence, patience, and self-esteem. Educational goals like letter and color recognition can be incorporated into riding activities. Lessons also provide a
positive social experience for students as they interact with volunteers, staff members, other riders, and horses.
Research shows that individuals of all ages who participate in equine-assisted activities and therapies can experience
physical and emotional rewards.
Linda is the founder of Bit by Bit and
has been involved in the
education of individuals with special needs for the past thirty years. Linda has been a classroom teacher
special services director with area public schools. Linda began the Bit by Bit program at Rogers State in
1997. The program’s first location was in the Ranch and Horse Management building on the main campus before
relocating to the present site. Linda has a master’s degree in special education and an extensive equine
background. Linda retired in 2018 and is enjoying her four sons, four daughter-in-laws and 13 grandchildren.
Pam has a lifelong love of horses, showing
Quarter Horses throughout high school and was on the Lynchburg College
equestrian team in Lynchburg, Virginia. She volunteered with therapeutic riding centers for several years
becoming PATH certified in 2011. Pam joined Bit by Bit in September 2015. Pam has been married to Steve Rhodes for 24 years and they have a 19 year old daughter, Lily. They
own one horse and are active with the Oklahoma Dressage Society.
With a lifelong love of owning & riding horses, Ellen has always had a passion for the EAAT industry. Ellen started volunteering at the age of twelve at a center in North Texas and continued to do so through high school. She started her PATH Intl. process while volunteering & student teaching at a center in Stillwater, OK while attending Oklahoma State University. After Graduating OSU in 2015, marrying her husband Nate Edwards in 2016 Ellen completed her PATH intl. Instructor Certification & has been with Bit by Bit since 2017.