14674 S. Highway 169  •  Oologah, OK 74053  •  918-371-1750  •  Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-noon
Founded 1997 by Linda Barron
Executive Director Linda Barron retires;
Bit by Bit Announces New Interim Executive Director: Amanda Stewart
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.
Contact Amada Stewart at email@example.com about attending or participating in any upcoming event, or call her at 918-371-1750.