Our Mission

Our equine assisted services help those with special needs reach their highest potential, gain self-confidence, and self-esteem, through equine-oriented activities in a safe and positive Hill Country environment. 


Open T.R.A.I.L. Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Utilizing certified instructors and therapists to conduct sessions, OTR serves individuals with various disabilities through equine assisted services.

Therapeutic Riding - Child riding a horse


Open T.R.A.I.L. Ranch was founded in 2012 by Kate Vasquez, with a mission to serve those with special needs of all kinds in Kendall, Bexar and other surrounding counties through equine assisted services. The 100-acre property that the facility was built and sits on was solely purchased and provided for the life changing mission that OTR carries out each day. Starting as a one-woman small operation of 1 barn, 1 dirt arena, a few rescue horses and 4-5 lessons per week, OTR quickly grew to meet the needs of the community over the years. 

OTR now currently offers year-round programming and the facility furnishes 3 barns, 3 sand arenas and a wheelchair mounting ramp, as well as staffs 3 instructors, 3 therapists, 16 equine partners and 5 other vital part time team members, not to mention our many incredible selfless volunteers. Open T.R.A.I.L. Ranch is also overseen by a Board of Directors with at least 5 officers and 10 advisory board members.