Challenge Unlimited

BDeNitto 2012 wm photos 057

Employing horses in a working farm environment, Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm provides beneficial therapy for people with a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. It uses the horse’s unique ability to enhance a person’s movements and touch a person’s heart, inspiring strength, hope and encouragement.
The farm’s professional staff of over 20 licensed instructors and therapists work with 35 program horses and more than 200 volunteers to serve about 450 children and adults each week, year round. Coming from more than 90 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, participants enjoy the aesthetic beauty of the farm while receiving valuable therapy in collaboration with other service providers to best address their physical and emotional needs.

This is a therapy like any other therapy. But the horse will offer more benefits to the rider, the client, because the horse is a very complex machine. It is not just a machine that will exercise one or two muscles at a time. The horse is going to exercise the whole body, and many times the mind, too. The machine is something cold, it is metal.”
– Jaime Velez, riding instructor

Primary programs include therapeutic riding and recreational riding. Both are offered year round, with the addition of a weekly summer day camp offered during July and August.

Special offers available through Challenge Unlimited include:

Want to ride during 2016? Click here for a calendar showing our eight-week riding blocks. Registration forms can be found under the “Forms and Registration” tab at the upper right of each web page.

Hear from our clients
Our videos page includes a short video about our therapy involving horses that includes interviews with medical professionals, clients and the parents of clients.
There is a video of interviews with veterans who participated in our first program for veterans returning with post-traumatic stress and other anxiety.
You also can hear from a mother and from a grandfather whose relatives have greatly benefitted from Ironstone Farm therapy.
Click here to choose a video.

Mission Statement: To provide therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities using horses and the working farm environment to help people achieve optimum quality of life.

Traditional healing. More horsepower.

Ironstone Farm is home to Challenge Unlimited, Inc. (est 1983) and Ironstone Therapy, Inc. (est. 1998), two nonprofit organizations established to provide a variety of services for people with and without disabilities. Both organizations use horses and the wholesome environment of a working farm, while involving people in serving others through volunteering.