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
OUR SERVICES: EQUINE THERAPY
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.
HORSE RESCUE AT CAMP ABLE
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.