Horsemanship Program

Program Description

The Adaptive Horsemanship Program is one of the most popular services offered at Mandy’s Farm. For individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, the program is proven to strengthen muscles, balance, and coordination. It also builds confidence, patience, and self-esteem. It is uniquely designed to build skills in horsemanship and develop a trusting relationship between horse and rider. These classes provide riders, of all experience levels, with the opportunity to learn principles of horse handling, animal care, and Western and/or English riding techniques

Program Details:


Program Funding Supporters:

There is a fee for this program, but a special camp has been funded at no cost through The New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division’s Outdoor Equity Program for 80 youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities to participate in the summer of 2024.

Horse Camp

See the flyer below for details. If you have any questions please email When you are ready to register, click the registration link here.

Horse Camp Flyer - Updated
Mandys-Farm-Adaptive Riding Program - Shannon Burt

Shannon Burt

Barn and Animal Coordinator 
Shannon Burt currently serves as the Mandy’s Farm Barn and Animal Coordinator. Shannon is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Instructor who has worked with and cared for horses throughout her life.
Shannon has certifications through the CHA specializing in providing instruction to riders with disabilities, teaching English and Western riding skills, and in equine facility management.
She is currently serving as the New Mexico CHA state rep and is passionate about supporting riders of all skill levels as they connect with the horses at Mandy’s Farm

Contact Shannon

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