Let Equines Empower People

Spurred on by the miracles witnessed between cancer survivors and our herd, GAIT TRC has created its newest program, LEEP – Let Equines Empower People- to serve the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients, survivors and family members and improve their health and overall quality of life, in a safe, non-threatening environment.  Participants in this program are involved in activities termed Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)

Because of GAIT TRC’s national reputation within the therapeutic riding community, Khalid Almasloukh, a Binghamton University Doctoral student in the nursing program, contacted GAIT TRC seeking to research this area more fully.  An eight-week program was designed including pre and post testing to determine the effect of the human-horse relationship on the quality of life of these participants.    We look forward to assisting in this research designed to gauge the benefits of EAAT.  We look forward to proving that EAAT benefits our target populations.  You can help.

We are actively seeking participants for LEEP who will interact with the herd in ground work and/or riding (if cleared by a medical professional and GAIT TRC horse professionals to do so).  GAIT remains committed to providing this program at no cost to participants. Sponsorship of the program makes it possible for GAIT TRC to continue to conduct groundbreaking research which helps inform and improve care the community receives.


“They’re such calming creatures. They help me feel more relaxed. I am not bombarded with extraneous thoughts.” Jen G.


Research( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29376559) indicates that horseback riding itself has many physical and health benefits and suggests it as a new method rehabilitation intervention strategies after cancer in a nonmedical environment. 

In another study(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24963599), programs like LEEP that provide participants with Equine Assisted Therapy  were shown to enhance the  quality of life of breast cancer survivors. Results of the study suggest a new method for rehabilitation intervention strategies after cancer in a nonmedical environment.


“My mind feels clear and at peace when I work with the horses” Doris B.

A 2018 study ( https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)30364-6 ) found that horses cannot only read facial expressions but they can also remember a person’s emotional state when they meet them later, and crucially, adapt their behavior accordingly.   This makes them a vital part of our program. 

LEEP can provide participants a free 8-week session of unmounted and/or mounted activities designed to enhance their quality of life.

Please call GAIT at 570-409-1140 or email gaitpa@gmail.com to ask about participating in the LEEP Program. Click here for 2019 LEEP Participant Application Forms

It’s through your generous donations that LEEP is able to provide its services to cancer patients, survivors and their families. Please consider making a donation to this program; any amount is greatly appreciated and goes directly to supporting our participants!

GAIT TRC is a PATH Int’l Premier Accredited Center and Federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law

Since LEEP is GAIT’s newest program, we are actively seeking sponsors so that this program may continue to be provided at no cost to participants.  Be one of the first to Sponsor GAIT’s LEEP Program for 2019!  Spread the word about this opportunity for continuing health.