Project RIDE Programs and Services

What We Do

There is a magic that occurs between horse and rider.

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Why We Do It

This is more than just a fun pony ride.

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Ride With Us

Step 1: Submit the form.
Step 2: Attend assessment.
Step 3: RIDE!

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Quick Links: Rider Paperwork

All riders must have medical forms on file, completed entirely by medical personnel. Forms are good for one year from the date of signing.

Registration/Release form

Registration and release forms are for parents/guardians to complete.

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Medical Form

All riders must fill out a medical application before starting on this magical adventure!

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Sophia’s been riding horses since she turned 3 years old. Now she is learning to walk after intensive horse therapy at Project RIDE.

Leon Vanderspek

Board Member, Teacher and RIDE parent, Project RIDE

What We Do

Project R.I.D.E. offers therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to over 600 riders with disabilities or special needs. Our goal is to improve physical, emotional, and social functioning through participation in a highly structured and safe program. Riders’ interaction with carefully selected and trained horses improves their balance, posture, flexibility, sensory awareness and endurance in addition to increasing confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, motivation, attention span and integration with non-disabled peers.

Our program certainly has therapeutic benefits, but it is recreational in nature and is meant to be a fun activity that aligns with the goals of other therapeutic interventions.

Why We Do It

There is a magic that occurs between horse and rider, forming a very strong bond, especially when the rider is in any way limited. For people with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in a manner similar to a human walking gait. Riders with learning or mental disabilities are motivated by the interaction with their horses to concentrate more and develop patience and discipline. People with psychological, physical or emotional challenges have the special opportunity to form unconditional, meaningful relationships with the volunteers, their peers and the horses.

In addition to riding, we offer unmounted programs including our Horse Club and Equicizer. Please contact us to inquire about any of our equine-assisted programs at (916) 685-7433.

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Ride With Us

Are you eligible to ride? If you are age 3 or older and have any kind of diagnosed special need or disability, we may be able to serve you.

Take the First Step

If you’re looking for even more or are medically unable to ride, we have programs for you too.

List of Qualifying Diagnoses
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Brain Injuries
• Cardiovascular Accident/Stroke
• Cerebral Palsy
• Down Syndrome
• Hearing and Vision Impairments
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Developmental Delays
• Learning Disabilities, including ADHD
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Spina Bifida
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• And MORE…
Don’t see your diagnosis here? Call us and ask! (916) 685-7433

Get In Touch

The Project R.I.D.E. program is a unique experience for everyone – riders, volunteers, staff and community friends. Visitors are welcomed and encouraged any time. Please contact us to arrange a tour of our facility and demonstration of our riding lessons.