Turning Dreams Into Abilities
EquAbility, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995, located in Middle Grove, NY. EquAbility is a farm dedicated to providing people with special needs the opportunity to enhance the quality of their lives through activities involving horses and other animals.
We are dedicated to providing people with special needs the opportunity to enhance the quality of their lives through activities involving horses and other animals. These special needs may include cognitive (mental), physical, emotional, and learning disabilities.
By integrating physical, cognitive, behavioral, psychological, and social goals into our adaptive horseback riding programs, we strive to provide a safe, progressive, and non-threatening learning environment for our participants.
Barbara Ficalora-Diamond grew up in Brooklyn, NY; as a child, she received a gift that would forever change her life. On her first communion, she received the gift of a pony ride; during that pony ride, she developed a love of horses, and that guided her in many of her future plans. Growing up, Barbara spent much of her time with horses. She volunteered at first but then progressed to running a therapeutic riding program. Barbara subsequently developed an extensive knowledge of equine therapy and with this experience, she eventually decided to begin her own program, EquAbility.
Founded in 1995, EquAbility began at After Hours Farm in Clifton Park but as her business continued to grow, Barbara realized that she needed her own farm. She now owns and operates Clover Ridge Farm in Middle Grove, where she has been for the past 15 years. In addition to several more horses and miniature horses owned by Barbara, EquAbility’s equine stars include Razz, a 38 year old quarter horse; Banjo, a 32 year old Arabian; and Little Guy, a 30 year old Old Style Morgan . These are the magnificent horses that assist with the therapeutic riding program.
Through EquAbility, people of all ages with special needs have an opportunity that enhances the quality of their lives by teaching them physical, cognitive, behavioral, and social skills. The rewards of the EquAbility program are what keeps Barbara going. Watching the progress of the riders and the happiness that riding brings them ignites her determination to encourage her riders. Working with the riders and the horses has enriched her life.
As part of EquAbility’s effort to grow and continue this beneficial program, volunteers are needed. If you are interested, please call Barbara Diamond at (518)369-3527.
Donations are also always appreciated.
Read more stories about our Horses: Meet the Horses