Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies/ Therapeutic Riding Program


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What is EAAT?

Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies, as defined by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), are treatments/activities that incorporate equine activities and/or the equine environment. Rehabilitative goals are related to the patient’s needs and the medical professional’s standards of practice.

Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) are horse-related activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs. These activities can include but are not limited to therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, grooming and stable management, shows, parades, and demonstrations.


Cristin Bristol

Cristin Jordan

Director of EAAT/PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Ms. Jordan graduated with both Bachelors and Masters degrees from MTSU with a study focus centered around child development, horse science, and recreational therapy. Cristin’s passion is in therapeutic riding, with more than 15 years experience volunteering and working in the field. She uses her experience from showing on the MTSU Equestrian Team as an undergraduate and alumna to help instill confidence in each rider. She also holds a certificate of completion in the PATH Intl specialty education course on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For more information contact  Cristin Jordan at Cristin.Jordan@MeridianEquine.com


Want to Volunteer?

We are always in need of volunteers to assist with our program. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Interest form by clicking here. 


 Student Registration

MEEC EAAT is currently accepting new students. All new students will first undergo an initial evaluation. To register as a new student please fill out the online form by clicking here.


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Many people want to help the therapeutic riding program, but do not always have time to volunteer.  There are other ways that you can help us as well.  By attending any of the events hosted by the Meridian Equine Education Center, you are helping.  A portion of the proceeds from every event that we host goes toward the daily expenses of running the program (like electric and water bills, hay and grain for horses, etc.).

Another way to help is to sponsor a horse or a rider.  Due to health care costs, prices of adaptive and assistive equipment, therapists, tutors, and much more, many families of people with disabilities are not able to afford the price of a traditional riding program.  For this reason, we try to keep the cost to our students and their families as low as possible.  You can help us with that by being a sponsor, either by one-time donation or recurring sponsorship of a particular student or our horses.  If you would like to make a donation to our program, click here.

 Thomas & Rooster (2)Mission Statement:

To provide a safe, fun, therapeutic, and educational horsemanship and riding program for riders of all ages and abilities, preferably at little to no cost to the families.  Most families of children/adults with disabilities have far too many expenses to be able to afford therapeutic riding.  Horses have amazing healing capabilities, and therapeutic riding can have results that are very difficult to recreate in an office setting.  No one should have to miss out on the healing gift of horses because they cannot afford to ride.