|Three Gaits was started in 1983 by Gail Brown and Lorrie Renker, one horse and eight riders. The guiding vision was a love for horses and an interest in providing equine-assisted activities for individuals with disabilities in Dane County. The name Three Gaits refers to three movements of a horse — walk, trot and canter.|
Community response to the program was enthusiastic, and by 1986, Three Gaits gained sufficient support to obtain a mortgage for our 20-acre farm located on Highway 138 between Stoughton and Oregon. This move gave the non-profit organization greater flexibility in designing a quality program that is tailored specifically to individual needs of each rider.
Today, approximately fifteen program horses, a large number of volunteers, and a limited, yet very dedicated staff provide more than 250 children, youth and adults each year the opportunity to extend therapy, special education and interpersonal skill development into the horsemanship experience. This includes group lessons, day camp, individual and group therapy.
As a non-profit 501(c)3, tax-exempt corporation, Three Gaits relies on support from the community to accomplish its goals. Volunteers give time and special expertise at the stable, property or office. Organizations contribute in many ways, including donating stable and riding equipment, funds for scholarships, buildings and special projects, or contributing a sound, quiet and well-trained horse or pony.