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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.
What We Do
Project R.I.D.E. Inc. offers therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to over 600 riders with disabilities and 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. For people with mobility challenges, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in a manner similar to a human walking gait. Riders with learning or cognitive delays 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 classroom lessons and simulated horseback riding lessons. 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.
Take the First Step
List of Qualifying Diagnoses
• 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. Inc. 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.