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Browse education service providers who have been approved to receive funds from Ohio ACE educational savings accounts.


The federal funds used to operate this project are scheduled to expire later this year. As a result, all ACE funds must be used for allowable activities no later than July 1, 2024. (Dates of service must occur before July 1, 2024.)*

All claims requesting payment or reimbursement must be submitted to Merit for processing no later than July 15, 2024. Any funds that are not expended by July 1, 2024 will no longer be available. Claims submitted after July 15, 2024 will not be approved.

*Clarification for service dates/close down for camps: Claims for day camps that have been paid for by parents may be reimbursed if the service date occurs through September 1, 2024. The claim is only reimbursable for day camps during this time period if the parent has paid up front and prior to July 1, 2024.

Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center Inc.

Before/After school programs

This service provider requires payment upfront : No

Price Range: $30 - $260

Phone Number: (740) 995-9395


Address: 2795 North Moose Eye Road, Norwich, Ohio 43767

Service Provider: 202260

Educational Value

Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) equine therapy center located in southeastern Ohio. Our mission is: Empowering individuals with diverse challenges through unique equine-assisted therapeutic experiences. Our variety of programs are tailored to each student's unique goals. We offer weekly lessons, day camps, and school field trips. Students at Breaking Free use the fun, multi-sensory experience of horseback riding to incorporate additional practice in a variety of foundational learning skills including: communication, following directions, letter recognition, counting, goal setting, problem solving, fine and gross motor abilities, and relationship building just to name a few. Studies have shown that both the movement of the horse and the novel, multi-sensory experience of riding can improve the retention of new information as well as increase speech and other forms of communication. When working with horses, an equine will provide real-time feedback to the students. This feedback helps a riders notice when they have made a mistake and motivates them to make corrections. This builds self-efficacy and pride which will generalize to other educational environments. Additionally, the bio-feedback given by the horses promotes self-regulation. Our group lessons, horses, and volunteers, all promote social skills that many students are lacking. This deficit is sometimes due to a disability, a lessoned opportunities for social activities due to the pandemic, or a home/school environment in which the student has not formed positive relationships. Our center is located on a working farm set on over 100 acres. We have provided camps and field trips for students learning about agricultural businesses, trades, nature, animals and plant life cycles. We love meeting all students where they are, then using this unique environment to improve learning. Riding goals are linked directly to each students educational goals set by the students with input from parents, teachers, therapists, and any other stakeholder.