Saving Families - Saving Kids - Saving Horses




Our mission is to cultivate healthy, independent living for people with special needs through skills-based training and equine therapy, with a special focus on using horses that have been rescued from difficult circumstances.


Our vision is that self-sufficiency is a reasonable and achievable goal for humans regardless of mental, emotional and physical capabilities, with the full acceptance and understanding of their caregivers and society at large.









About Us

Camp Able is an equine therapy and horse rescue nonprofit organization, formed in February 2014 and designated a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in September 2014.

Camp Able was founded by Renee Hicks, who is a PATH International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a Certified Equine Therapist in Mental Health and Learning. Ms. Hicks has leveraged her 40-year career as physical education teacher, coach and riding instructor to create Camp Able based on her passion for horses and desire to help people.

Camp Able is located 10 miles south of Abilene, Texas. We have identified that most equine therapy facilities in Texas are near the major metropolitan areas (Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio), but few exist in the 100-mile radius around our ranch. We seek to serve the equine therapy needs of our 400,000 neighbors in The Big Country, including our service men and women at Dyess Air Force base


At Camp Able, we provide Therapeutic Riding instruction and skills-based training to people with special needs and of normal orientation, including Veterans seeking assistance with stress-related and physical issues.

Equine therapy is used extensively by trained physical, occupational and speech therapists to improve the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with special needs. Through the gait of the horse, campers develop core muscle strength and stimulate cognitive and neurological pathways that improve balance and coordination

To date, we have successfully used equine-assisted activities to help individuals diagnosed with autism, stroke, emotional disabilities, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, post traumatic stress and many other conditions.


One of our key goals is to provide sanctuary to abused and unwanted horses and to the extent possible, use these horses to provide equine therapy services. Currently, Camp Able has 33 horses and nearly half of these horses are trained and available for equine therapy uses.

2015 Annual Report

News and Updates

Equine-Assisted Therapy Programs at Camp Able of Buffalo Gap Supported by $14,500 Grant from Community Foundation of Abilene

Camp Able announced that it has used its Fall Discretionary Grant from the Community Foundation of Abilene to purchase a utility vehicle that will help it improve productivity, allowing more time and effort to be spent growing and providing therapeutic riding programs for individuals with special needs. The utility vehicle will also help Camp Able care for its 22 horses, many of which are animals rescued from difficult circumstances. Several of the horses Camp Able has rescued have been trained for use in therapeutic riding activities.

PRLOG Website

Did you know it takes $9 a day to feed one horse?

Camp Able currently has 33 horses it's rehabilitating and training to be used for special needs children. Camp Able will host it's first-ever fund raiser! Stay tuned for more details of how you can be involved or contact Nadene at to learn how you can be involved!

Renee Hicks, Executive Director of Camp Able, is an Abilene/Buffalo Gap native.

Her passion is to teach, encourage, and nurture young people to reach their goals. She's been teaching babies to swim; coaching children and young adults in various sports; and people of all ages and abilities horse riding and handling skills. Her love for people and animals blends incredibly well to make Camp Able a one-of-a-kind experience in all of West Texas!

P.O. Box 695

Buffalo Gap, Texas 79508

(325) 280-6053


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