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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. Generally, Camp Able cares for about 35 horses, with more than half trained for use in equine therapy programs.

News and Updates

Camp Able's Programs and Services

Camp Able offers a number of programs for both individuals and groups, including:

  • Day Camps – equine-assisted therapy sessions for people of all ages
  • Student Day Camps – equine-assisted therapy and life-skills programs for children enrolled in Life Skills Programs at Abilene-area school districts
  • Explorer Camps – residential summer camps for families with special needs children who have previously participated in Day Camps
  • Pathfinder Camps – summer camps for families with special needs children who have previously attended Explorer Camp
  • Swim Camps – swimming sessions provided to children with special needs

In addition to Camp Able’s proprietary programs listed above, it also provides therapeutic riding as a part of third-party programs or special events. These special events have included work with the Down Syndrome Association of Houston and Dallas-based Chase’s Place, as well as with military organizations, such as Expeditions Balance, Grace After Fire and the Blinded Vets Association.

If you are interested in any of these programs, send an email to

Abilene Gives - May 1, 2018

We need your support. Camp Able is participating in #AbileneGives on May 1, 2018. #AbileneGives is a 24-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofit organizations and causes they care about on one easy-to-use website. Twenty-four hours of giving begins at 12:00 a.m. on May 1 and runs throughout the day until midnight, during which time you may view online profiles of nonprofit organizations serving Abilene and the surrounding area – like Advocates for Camp Able (our official nonprofit name) and make a charitable gift directly through the website. Camp Able depends upon the generosity of donors and volunteers to accomplish its mission to help people with special needs and to rescue horses. We have secured matching donations to amplify your contribution to Camp Able during #AbileneGives. To help us, please consider making a donation on May 1st by going to the following link:

Abilene Gives

P.O. Box 695

Buffalo Gap, Texas 79508

(325) 280-6053


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