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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.

Thorncroft Equestrian Center

190 Line Road
Malvern, PA  19355
610.644.9342 (fax)


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

Founded in 1969

Thorncroft welcomes students of all ages. Our 70 acre farm, now under an open space easement, is open and here to enjoy. Private and group lessons are individually geared towards the ability and goals of the rider. Horsemanship is taught on the flat and over fences in either of our 2 indoor arenas, the outdoor arena or cross country course; trails around the Farm are available for riders to enjoy the surrounding countryside.

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

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.

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

Our mission is to develop the physical and emotional well-being of all people including those with special needs. Thorncroft is committed to personal growth and education in an equestrian environment of respect and love.




We are a 501(c)3 organization.
Tax ID 23-2218431

Job Opportunities at TEC

Instructor Wanted!

Thorncroft is looking for an experienced instructor to teach beginner through intermediate lessons, certified (or willing to get certified) in therapeutic riding a plus! 

Must be able to commit to weekday afternoons and evenings, 3-4 days a week.  Please call 610-644-1963 or email info@thorncroft.org.

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