Thorncroft in Brief

Thorncroft offers instruction in Balanced Seat Equitation, Combined Training and Trail. We offer one-hour group lessons of up to six students with comparable skill levels. Private, half-hour lessons are also available. Depending upon the ability of the rider, lessons are held on the flat or over fences and might be in the indoor arena, outdoor enclosed ring, our cross country course or through the neighboring countryside. We specialize in therapeutic horseback riding for mentally, emotionally and physically disabled children and adults, including training for those interested in learning this profession. We offer our land, our equipment, our horses and our ideals. But most importantly, we offer ourselves and our love. Healing abounds here...come see for yourself, the joy of a student as he "walks" down the narrow country trail with his horse. The horse can take him places that his wheelchair cannot go!


Since 1971, the movement of the horse has been studied at Thorncroft. Scientific studies of hippotherapy, biomechanics, and equine physiology have been hosted at the farm. Through these studies, and with first hand experience we have learned that the movement of the horse teaches the human body the correct motion of walking. Students who have never learned to walk correctly and those who come to us after a traumatic accident benefit from this therapy. This extraordinary experience provides balance, strength, mobility, and improved self esteem. The benefits are limitless.


Thorncroft is a mainstreaming facility where handicapped and non-handicapped people come together to ride together, learn together and relate to one another; and within an accepting environment, foster growth in each other. This growth is our aim; it is the beginning of healing. Our peaceful, rural environment offers the necessary tools to help fulfill this special goal. This environment also fosters the ability to learn necessary job skills leading to productive lives and secure permanent employment.  Our vocational training program has been very successful!


Our success depends upon the enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers! Over 150 men, women and teenagers assist our staff in a variety of ways. They help us as side aides and leaders in the ring; they aid in the grooming and tacking up of the horses; they work in both the stable management and horticultural programs; and they assist with office duties. All receive in-service training to better respond to the special needs of our riders. Join us, even if you only have as little as an hour a week!


Equipping, staffing and maintaining Thorncroft's 70-acre facility presents an ongoing financial challenge. Currently, 25% of our disabled students receive subsidized instruction through our scholarship program. Thorncroft also welcomes contributions of sound horses, tack, riding apparel and office equipment, as well as thd gift of time and financial contributions. All donations are deductible in accordance with current laws.


Please don’t forget an easy way to give is thru the United Way. You may designate your donation to Thorncroft by using our “Specific Code” - 01160, or… mention Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback riding Inc.


190 Line Road
Malvern, PA  19355
610.644.9342 (fax)

When using GPS enter 190 Line Road which is NOT Township Line Road

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Holiday Closings: New Year’s Eve at 5pm, New Years Day, Memorial Day Weekend Fri - Mon, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 5pm, and Christmas Day

Inclement weather policy: While we do not encourage driving in inclement weather we will always have an instructor available if you choose to attend your lesson. Please call the office 610.644.1963 if you are unable to attend.

Founded in 1969




We are a not for profit
501(c)3 organization.
Tax ID 23-2218431

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If you know of a sound, kind horse or pony that you think would work well for Thorncroft please give a call. All donations are tax deductible and you can be assured that your special gift will be well taken care of and loved by many.

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Join our volunteer team as a side aid or leader and help with tacking up of the horses and ponies or in the barn. Lessons take place in enclosed/covered arenas, an outdoor arena and walks cross country. Extensive training is available for our new volunteers... and a quick brush up for those seasoned horse people.

Join us Monday thru Saturday, morning through early evening.

FMI contact Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Timlin at 610.644.1963