Camp Able of Buffalo Gap (“Camp Able”) is a nonprofit organization that provides equine therapy to people with special needs and sanctuary to unwanted or neglected horses. At Camp Able, people with special needs experience broad improvements that lead to greater confidence and self-sufficiency, while horses find rehabilitation, care, training and a home.
Camp Able’s main facility is located 10 miles outside Abilene at the foot of a limestone mesa that forms one side of “the gap” that is known as Buffalo Gap. To accommodate ongoing growth in demand for its programs and services, Camp Able recently purchased 83 acres of farmland four miles from its current facility. On this new property, Camp Able plans to build additional grazing pastures (Phase 1) and a covered riding arena (Phase 2).
EQUINE THERAPY AT CAMP ABLE
Throughout the year, Camp Able offers therapeutic riding instruction to individuals with special needs, including those diagnosed with autism, stroke, emotional and intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and other conditions. Approximately two-thirds of Camp Able’s participants are school-aged children, with the remainder being primarily military veterans.
Therapeutic riding programs are available for both individuals and groups. All sessions are by appointment only with one of Camp Able’s therapeutic riding instructors.
As part of its equine therapy programs, Camp Able created landscaped riding trails to provide an authentic west Texas riding experience. These trails include sensory stations for children with special needs to enhance their educational experience. Camp Able also has a fenced riding arena that provides a more controlled environment for clients with severe special needs and or who are not yet capable of managing a trail ride.
CAMP ABLE’S HORSE SANCTUARY
As a horse sanctuary, Camp Able is one of only 13 in Texas. All horses brought to Camp Able are evaluated for use in therapeutic riding. Those not used in equine therapy are found adoptive homes or cared for by Camp Able for their rest of their natural lives. More than half of the horses at Camp Able are used in therapeutic riding activities