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.
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.
Equine and Facilities Manager
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.
Barn and Facilities Assistant
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.