Thank You

We had an amazing day doing:

Come join us for a day of Family Fun that includes a 5K Race and Awards, Food and Drink, Live Music, Face Painting, Games, Horseshoe Decorating, Photos with our Star Horse Ruby, the author of
Ruby to the Rescue, and more!

28newsletter july21.png
01 variation.png

Therapeutic Riding Lessons
(treatment with the help of the horse)

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy


Mission Statement

To strengthen, empower and enhance lives for people with special needs through Equine Assisted Activities or Therapies

Vision Statement

Realizing the full potential of the horse to inspire stronger, happier

and healthier people in central Minnesota

What we Do

We serve people diagnosed with special needs in Central Minnesota at Upper Oak Farm located in Motley (Leader). 120 acres of Timothy hay, wooded areas, an outdoor arena and barn offer the perfect setting for

Equine Assisted Activities or Therapies

  • Non-profit 501(c)3

Zinnias thoughtfully placed
Clouds at sunset; hashed
New sign to greet you!
See this? You are here!
Willow did great!
Skylar working hard
Our Team Social Work session
Mia's first day
  • PATH International

      center member

Touch pics




  Therapeutic Riding Lessons


Equine - Assisted Psychotherapy

Screen Shot 2020-04-10 at 1.16.54 AM.png
ruby n crew cropped.jpg

Where we Are

UOF logo no background red shed.png

Who we Are

Screen Shot 2018-07-07 at 2.14.19 PM.png

Kelly Peterson

Founder/Executive Director

Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Screen Shot 2018-08-26 at 7.55.28 PM.png

Toni Wasilensky

Trainer/Horse Handler

Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Screen Shot 2018-08-26 at 7.55.28 PM.png

Physical, Occupational, 

Speech Language, 

Mental Health Therapy

and Hospice Care

Coming Soon!

Why Hippotherapy?

My name is Kelly Peterson and I am here to say that Hippotherapy (in addition to regular therapy methods) really works. Hippo is Greek for horse so Hippotherapy means treatment with the help of the horse (or pony). As a trained side walker I have seen miraculous progress for children using walkers and wheelchairs during and after Hippotherapy sessions.  Parents and caregivers tell us about further progress at home.  For example, one caregiver told us "Her balance has improved so much that she does not get shaky when she is in tricky situations like getting out of her chair.  She does it alone." As a team we saw this rider and others consistently improve balance, increase their ability to walk, begin to talk, boost self-confidence, giggle and smile all while building core muscles.  The repetitive motion created in a riding session is not able to be reproduced in the same manner with the same success anywhere else. Meanwhile, riders have so much fun they do not even know how hard they are working!  For research results and more information visit  Click the button below for my personal and professional connection to the riders and families we serve.

In loving memory of Sophie

sophies unicorn_edited.png

April 21, 2012-August 25, 2019

Sophie came to us during our Pilot Program in 2017  (see Hippotherapy pic above).  She traveled in a wheelchair and couldn't sit up by herself. After Hippotherapy sessions February - August 2017 she could sit up, and so much more! Her wide smile and beautiful spirit enriched the lives of everyone, both two-legged and four. Rest in peace little one,

running and riding fast in the sky.

Latest news for YOU

Screen Shot 2021-04-04 at 4.10.13 PM.png
April 2021

*Ruby's Red White & Blue 5K!!! 

*Thank You Novaks at Crow Wing Kayaks

*Thank You Cindy at Crosslake Chamber

                                         of Commerce




 you heard it from here!

Go to

Pick Acorn Hill EAAT Inc

And then. . .

A portion of all purchases (including Ruby to the Rescue) made from is donated to Acorn Hill EAAT

dreamstime crowing rooster copy.png

Enjoy Ruby to the Rescue

while your book purchase

plus regular online shopping


generates donations that go

to a Super cause!

Haven't met Ruby? Buy our book today!

Donations Needed


3 strolling for FB
Screen Shot 2019-05-31 at 1.33.48 PM
Screen Shot 2019-05-31 at 1.18.01 PM
Screen Shot 2019-05-31 at 1.25.03 PM

Can be

Made online below


Covered Arena


Screen Shot 2020-07-05 at 12.43.09

or Mailed to:

Acorn Hill EAAT Inc.

7969 65th Avenue SW

Motley, MN  56466

Donations are tax deductible  and greatly appreciated

beads with




Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 10.46.09
Screen Shot 2021-04-04 at 10.53.40
Screen Shot 2020-10-21 at 4.41.09 PM.png
Screen Shot 2018-08-26 at 8.04.49 PM.png
Screen Shot 2018-10-04 at 9.54.18 PM.png
Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 10.51.40 PM.png

Acorn Hill EAAT Inc

7969 65th Ave SW,

Motley, MN 56466

(540) 454-1711

01 variation.png
super rue n us too.jpg
01 variation.png

Your details were sent successfully!