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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

We are a 2017 Messenger!

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Bridle Paths



Bridle Paths
1909 Woodgate Lane
McLean VA 22101
571-216-9089

Physical Address:
43247 Spinks Ferry Road,Leesburg,VA 20176

Tax ID/EIN: 46-1402120
Year Founded: 2012
Last Updated 2017-05-15

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The mission of Bridle Paths is to offer strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We provide therapeutic horseback riding instruction and equine-assisted psychotherapy services to individuals and families faced with physical, cognitive, psychological, and emotional needs.

Horse-related programs:
The mission of Bridle Paths is to offer strength, support, and healing to our clients through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We provide therapeutic horseback riding instruction and equine-assisted psychotherapy services to individuals and families faced with physical, cognitive, psychological, and emotional needs. The program serves those with a wide variety of needs and diagnoses, including ADHD, cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and depression, genetic problems, seizure disorders, brain injuries, and trauma. Our facility includes a 14-stall barn, indoor and outdoor arenas, a round pen, and a climate-controlled viewing area, along with ample parking, a wheelchair-accessible barn, a mounting ramp, highly experienced and certified staff, and a group of committed and well-trained volunteers. We offer sessions year-round, and last summer we offered a therapeutic horsemanship day camp as well. <br/><br/>The Bridle Paths program offers programs to support the entire family. We have particular expertise in working with those struggling with anxiety and depression. We are proud to partner with the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education to offer the HEARTS (Hope Through Equine Assisted Recovery and Therapy Services) program, and with other well-qualified local therapists such as Beth Ratchford, LCSW, as well. Over the past year, we have offered mounted and unmounted programs for veterans and their families, enhanced offerings for trauma survivors, and social and communications skills programs in partnership with local schools.

Non-horse-related programs:
Bridle Paths does not offer any non-horse-related programs.


Volunteer Opportunities


Seeking Volunteers For Equine-Assisted Activities
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers are needed to act as horse leaders and side walkers and assist with grooming and tacking horses for lessons. Each volunteer receives training in the specifics of working with horses and riders in a therapeutic context, though horse experience is a welcome asset as well.

Wish List Items


Your Donations Help Us To Heal With Horses
Rainbow reins (horse length)
Adaptive reins (ladder reins, Rein-Bows)
Saddles (wool flocked, in tree size medium, medium wide, extra wide)
Wintec Western saddle
Safety stirrups (various sizes)
Lumber to build mounting platforms
New ASTM/SEI certified helmets (various sizes)
Specialized services (website, accounting, fundraising)
Tools and hardware (snaps, fasteners)