Intro to Horsemanship for First Responders

Thorncroft is pleased to announce the opening of enrollment for 2023 sessions of Intro to Horsemanship for First Responders.

Horses evoke deep emotional and physical responses in people, especially in individuals affected by or managing trauma or stress. Because of this innate quality, horses offer unique healing opportunities for veterans returning from service and emergency first responders.

This six-week session will explore horsemanship fundamentals including a study on equine behavior and communication, herd dynamics, and natural horsemanship. No prior horse experience is required. Class size is limited to six individuals.

Session Information

Time:  Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. or Thursdays at 1:00 p.m-2:00 p.m.

2023 classes are scheduled for six-week sessions in the spring, fall, and winter.

Wednesdays: March 1-April 5. April 19-May 24. June 7-July 12. September 6-October 11. October 25-December 6. (No class on 11/22.)

Thursdays: March 2-April 6. April 20-May 25. June 8-July 13. September 7-October 12. October 26-December 7 (No class on 11/23).

Family Night: All First Responder participants and their families are invited to a Family Night to be held on April 12, July 19, and October 18.

Location: Thorncroft Equestrian Center l 190 Line Road Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355

Pricing: Free for all first-responder participants.

For more information, and to register, please contact Thorncroft Admissions Manager Jordan Gray at

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