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All riders must have medical forms on file, completed entirely by medical personnel. Forms are good for one year from the date of signing.
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
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.
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. Please note that our weight limit is 175 to ensure the safety of our riders and volunteers.
Below is a partial list of some of the diagnoses of our special riders.
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
If you’re looking for even more or are medically unable to ride, we have programs for you too.
Please contact us today to find out about the availability of our riding lessons or our unmounted programs. Please have your student’s medical diagnosis, height and weight and date of birth available when you call or email us.
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.