Health—General & Rehabilitative

Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center


Hopkinton, NH


BITS ETC seeks to provide effective therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, and equine assisted activities for people 2 to 92 living with disabilities in central NH.  In so doing we maximize quality of life for our participants, volunteers, and equine partners alike.

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Founding Executive Director

Pauline M Meridien MD

Main Address

334 College Hill Rd

Hopkinton, NH 03229 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Therapeutic Riding

Ride UP for Veterans and Uniformed Professionals

Equine Assisted Learning--Vocational Education

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One overarching goal is to fully fund scholarships so all therapy is offered free of charge to the client. We have accomplished this with our Ride UP program, ( Through generous public support via our Global Giving campaign) and are committed to full scholarships for all program participants within five years. Expanding our services to groups and our outreach miniature program to schools and libraries is a particular focus for 2016. We hope to bring the horses to the communities in which we seek clients, to spread the word of the healing power of horses. Partnering with local colleges to allow internships which foster collaboration between our facility and undergraduates as well as faculty members expands the knowledge base upon which we operate and advances our understanding of the way horses benefit people with disabilities.

We are actively supporting grant writers within the organization, with webinars, seminars, and additional training to optimize success in obtaining grants to fund our programs.

Focusing on crowd-funding and harnessing the power of the internet to place our needs before stakeholders who can support our mission has proven successful this last winter, and utilizing our website and facebook pages to increase our presence in the wider world should allow a more vigorous public support ongoing.

Investing in extremely competent, well trained instructors to provide the best individualized activities geared to each client, as well as supporting continuing education and training of our excellent staff ensures that word-of-mouth remains a most valuable marketing tool. Our reputation depends on the people who do the work...on the ground, with each client.

The addition of support personnel to the staff has freed up in-house volunteers to focus on grant writing, utilizing the unique talents of each person to their full potential.

A dedicated web-master for oversight of all internet presence over various domains ensures our brand is consistent, and user-friendly across pc's, mobile networks, etc.

Board support for adequate funding of instructor reimbursement and training support ensures we attract the best instructors available.

Tracking the number of successful grants written, and comparing to previous years will document grant writing success. Measures shall be assessed quarterly. Internet fundraising activities are documented in real time, and assessed quarterly as to time required vs. outcome achieved.

Number of outreach visits in the past fiscal year can be used as a measure of current success in building outreach opportunities for our miniature horse program. Currently three school systems and two colleges participate in this outreach, various times of the year. An increase in demand for these services by 25% is a goal we hope to reach in 2016.

We have an exemplary herd of therapy horses, trained to provide riding and ground interactions to a wide variety of clients. Our herd is well maintained, and ready to participate in activities on a daily basis. We have instituted systems to keep the horses fit and able to perform their duties while keeping them in such a way that they enjoy these interactions and are willing participants. An excellent quality of life for all: our horses, instructors, and clients is a hurdle we feel we have cleared.

We offer individualized sessions (usually 1:1) to meet the needs of each client. Our services are unique in the amount of collaboration we encourage between client, school, sending institution, parent, and instructor.

We have yet to meet our goal of offering all services free of charge to the client. A consistent, persistent, and dedicated attempt to find funds for our program requires more board and staff time and effort than we have as yet mustered.

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