Talisman Programs

Talisman uses a rolling enrollment program to provide our participants consistent, valuable equine-assisted activities. Lessons are customized to the participant and are conducted at the same time once per week. Our participants are long-term investments.  Talisman’s approach to programs provides ample opportunity for our participants to work toward their health and wellness goals and to progress in the variety of equine programs through the entire year. We are committed to serving in the community notably employing this client-centered approach at our farm.

Therapeutic/Adaptive Horsemanship Program

Therapeutic/Adaptive Horsemanship Lessons

Talisman equine-assisted therapeutic activities serve people of most ages with cognitive, physical, emotional, and social challenges and disabilities. These lessons are guided by one of Talisman’s Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors (CTRI) and incorporate individual lesson plans for client specific goals.

The Talisman Therapeutic Horsemanship Program will support opportunities for building confidence, growing self-esteem, improving physical strength, reinforcing responsible behaviors, enhancing communication, and developing new skills.

Program cost: $80/per participant, per lesson

Every new therapeutic horsemanship client begins with an individual assessment. CTRIs spend time with each new client to familiarize them with the Talisman farm and equine-assisted therapeutic activities. This time is also spent gaining better insight on the specific challenges of the individual and goals of that person.

Assessment cost: $85/per participant

All required paperwork must be completed and submitted to Talisman prior to assessment appointments.


Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational, and speech-language pathology in which licensed therapists work with riding instructors to use the movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input.

Please contact Talisman to discuss opportunities with Hippotherapy.

Heroes on Horses Retreat

The Heroes on Horses Program supports active-duty military, veterans of the armed forces, national guard, first responders, and front-line health care workers through introduction into a stress-free atmosphere and equine-assisted therapeutic events aimed at creating mental and physical resiliency in the evolving social environment.

Stable Family Retreat

The Stable Family Program is a comprehensive equine experience that promotes family connection and feelings of well-being through interaction and guided cooperative exercises.

Please contact Talisman to discuss opportunities with Therapeutic Horsemanship Retreats.

Horse Discovery Center and Recreational Lessons Programs

Talisman provides recreational horsemanship experiences through the Horse Discovery Center Program and Talisman Recreational Horsemanship lessons. Talisman is one of 42 licensed stables in the state of Maryland designated by the Maryland Horse Industry Board as a Horse Discovery Center. This program welcomes the general public of all ages and experience levels to learn about horses in a knowledgeable and friendly environment.

Horse Discovery Center Lessons

The one-month (four sessions) of basic level recreational horseman lessons and consist of mounted and unmounted exercises for anyone interested in learning more about horses.

Program cost: $180/per participant

Talisman Recreational Horsemanship Lessons

These lessons are for beginner level clients who are in the introductory stages of their equine exploration. Lessons are based on six-month packages for progressive growth of clients to the next stage of their equine experience.

Program cost: $65/per participant, per lesson

Talisman Wellness Program

Wellness and living well has taken on a much greater importance and more significant meaning since the pandemic. The Talisman Wellness Program is a collection of lectures, classes, and experiential learning opportunities aimed at informing clients about health and wellbeing topics, reducing stress, and improving self-awareness.

Horticultural Activities

The Talisman Growing Hope Garden provides accessible garden beds and growing space for varieties of fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Thoughtful design of this project supports inclusivity of all people seeking a respite from the stresses of everyday life.

This garden highlights the intent of Talisman to create a holistic wellness environment at the farm that inspires personal growth and healing in partnership with horses and the great outdoors.

The Growing Hope Garden promotes wellness service to the community and encourages sustainable farming. Talisman supports responsible environmental practices by using its innovative, on-site O2 composting program and supplementing the garden with eco-friendly Talisman Gold Soil Conditioner. The Growing Hope Garden focuses on Stable to Table community produce sharing and sustainable growing which supports nutrition and healthy eating.

*Maintaining and sustaining the Growing Hope Garden is also a great way for a team or business to achieve its service goals within the community while supporting a great cause!

Please contact Talisman for more information on Horticultural Therapy opportunities.

Wellness in the Wilderness

Wellness in the Wilderness incorporates guided exploration of the Wyoming wilderness through equine-assisted activities. The week-long immersive experience encourages clients to free themselves from the stresses of everyday life, disconnect from the tethers of technology and awaken themselves mentally and physically through an intimate outdoor experience.

Partnering with Stetter Outfitters in Dubois, Wyoming, a week-long program guides a small group of people into the heart of the Wind River Range.

2024 Dates To Be Announced