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Tuff Therapeutic Riding Foundation was established to provide therapeutic riding for youth at risk in Ontario, empowering them to change their lives. We have been operating since 2001. We serve youth who are struggling with mental health issues, addictions, the LGBTQ2+ community, and those who have been victims of sex trafficking. We are a registered charity.

Our programs have been developed to provide therapeutic riding lessons in a structured 10-week model. Participating youth are provided the opportunity to learn basic horsemanship and riding skills, while addressing specific treatment goals and issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, ADHD, substance abuse, eating disorders, lack of self-esteem, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other mental health issues..

The youth referred to the program represent one of Ontario’s most vulnerable populations, who are very much in need of improved access to mental health services as well as non-traditional forms of mental health. The vast majority of the youth we serve are impacted by various forms of trauma affecting their mental health. This population often faces a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness. The LGBTQ2+ Youth also experience extreme marginalization, especially in rural communities. Without mental health support this population risks a higher rate of suicide, school failure and drop out, violence and possible interaction with the judicial system.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer. Our application to apply as a volunteer can be found HERE.

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