14674 S. Highway 169  •  Oologah, OK 74017  •  918-371-1750  •  Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-noon

About Us

Warning!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 special needs!

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Warning!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.

Staff

Linda Barron
Founder

lbarron@bitbybitok.org

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 and 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 Rhodes
Program Director

prhodes@bitbybitok.org

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 before 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 currently own one horse and are active with the Oklahoma Dressage Society.

Ellen Edwards
Volunteer Coordinator and Instructor

volunteer.bitbybitok@gmail.com

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.