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Who We Are

stars_whoweareThe Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School is an organization changing people’s lives every day. We provide a form of positive, successful healing using the human/animal connection to forever change the way people experience the world. (READ MORE)

What We Do

stars_whatwedoAt STARS, we improve the well being of individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, or social challenges through therapeutic horseback riding, canine services, and other animal-assisted activities. (READ MORE)


  • I have worked with many children of different ability levels and seen the difference that the STARS program has made in their lives. I have noticed the strength, balance, and confidence that the children have gained from riding the horses. Many of these children are also delayed in their speech, but most of them are able to say "Walk on, Whoa", and the name of their horse. The program makes a positive impact on all areas of the rider's life.

    Kristine Kleve, Physical Therapist, Educational Service Unit #1, Nebraska

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Our Programs

Therapeutic riding utilizes the horse to help individuals of all ages who experience physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, or social challenges. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

We use dogs in a variety of techniques: increasing patient grip strength and range of motion through petting, increasing stamina by standing to complete various tasks with the dogs, and improving walking, balance, and endurance by walking a dog. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

As part of its non-therapeutic equine programs, certified instructors teach riding lessons, which can be arranged privately or in groups up to 4. We offer lessons at various times throughout the week in our year-round heated facility. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

In addition to the programs above, S.T.A.R.S. also offers classes through Western Iowa Tech's Lifelong Learning program, as well as Hippotherapy sessions. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.