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

Lindsay Barron
Executive Director

lbarron@bitbybitok.org

Warning!Lindsay Barron began volun­teering at Bit by Bit in 2015 when her family moved back to the area. It slowly grew to a position as Office Manager and then to Executive Director when Linda retired in 2018. She is excited to continue to grow the Bit by Bit program that so many people have poured their hearts and time into for over 20 years. Her favorite part of Bit by Bit is watching the riders change and grow throug­hout each riding session. Seeing the joy on their faces when they walk through door is con­tagious. Lindsay and her husband have been married 16 years and have four children.

Annette Brown
Equine and Facilities Manager

Warning!Annette Brown was born and raised on a cattle Ranch near Ely Nevada, it was there that she gained her passion for horses. After Annette attended college at GBC and WNCC she began her journey working for a Registered Angus Ranch in Central Oregon. She later moved back to the Nevada area, where she managed procurement for RR Donnelley, and then later worked as a Regional Nevada Executive Assistant for Midway Gold, permitting mining projects surrounding Nevada. Through­out Annette’s life she was a 4-H Leader for horsemanship, served on several Boards in her community. Annette is married with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. It was always a dream to work at an Equine Thera­peutic Riding Center where she gets to share her passion for horses and love for children.

Magen Smith
Barn and Facilities Assistant

Warning!Magen Smith was born in Pawnee, OK. She moved to Pahrump, NV where she grew up working and riding horses. She worked at the “Excalibur” in Las Vegas with the horses involved in the show. She moved back to Oklahoma at the age of 20 where her love of horses con­tinued. Between their small ranch, five head of horses, cattle and raising Mini Aussies, life is pretty blessed! She is currently going to school for equine massage therapy so she can help pamper the horses at Bit by Bit. In the future, she would love to become a PATH certified instructor.