Horses. Hope. Healing.
Our Mission Statement: “NCEFT is dedicated to helping children, adults, and military Veterans with special needs reach beyond their boundaries through equine-assisted therapies, education, and research.”
Founded in 1971, NCEFT is internationally recognized as a pioneer and leader in the field of equine-assisted therapy programs. For nearly 50 years, NCEFT has tapped into the profound rehabilitative power of the human-horse relationship to bring healing to thousands of Bay Area children and adults (ages 2-90+) with physical, cognitive, neuromuscular, mental, and emotional challenges and disabilities. Common diagnoses for these patients include, but are not limited to, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, autism, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, stroke, genetic disorders, ADHD, learning or language disabilities, as well as PTSD, anxiety, depression, social isolation, grief and loss.
NCEFT’s programs include Equine-Assisted Therapy (physical and occupational therapy and speech language pathology incorporating a horse’s dynamic movement into the treatment session), Adaptive Riding (recreational horseback riding and horsemanship lessons adapted for an individual’s disability), Equine-Assisted Mental Health & Resilience Programs and Workshops, Mindfulness Programs, Happy Trails Camp, Social Skills Programs, Special Education School Programs, and Veteran and First Responder Programs.
Our breadth and depth of programming, tenure, and history of pioneering equine-assisted programs in the United States sets NCEFT apart from other similar organizations in the area. Thus, NCEFT has the distinction of being the only Northern California Facility member of the American Hippotherapy Association.
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NCEFT delivers thousands of program sessions every year, benefiting more than 125 people each week. All of NCEFT’s programs rely heavily on volunteer assistance. Last year, volunteers logged over 4,000 hours of selflessly donated time.
NCEFT adheres to the highest standards of professionalism, transparency, and fiscal integrity. NCEFT is a registered 501(c)(3) organization (ID 94-2378104). We are a Platinum-Rated Guidestar.org participant, a Top-Rated GreatNonProfits.org member with a five-star rating, and a certified EQUUS Foundation Guardian.