Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center

Programs for Special Needs

MBHTC provides special needs care on a fully inclusive horse ranch.

Located in south Santa Cruz county, we provide respite on a horse ranch with all the fun and activities a ranch provides. Children and adults with special needs ride, learn, play, and interact! Use your SARC (San Andreas Regional Center) Respite hours or private pay.

Our newest program is "Chickens and Such Farm!". Chickens and Such is a small animals farm with chickens, ducks and goats. Lots to learn and do. Come check it out!

This is an educational approach to replace even the most severe, challenging, negative behaviors with positive, acceptable choices.

Sensory Integration P.E.
Our new sensory gym offers an adaptive climbing wall, tactile panels, climbing net, swings, learning walls, climbing stairs, balance beam, vaulting barrels. All sorts of sensory equipment to enhance your physical and cognitive abilities. Individualized programs - work on skills you need to develop!

Hang with the Horses
An 'on the ranch' and 'out in the community' activity based program providing many different options for your day. Think outside the box! Enjoy the excitement of being involved in a Horse Ranch community. Learn, ride, feed, groom, and hang out on a working horse ranch!

Mechanics Workshop
Are you fascinated with machines, cars, trucks, engines? If yes then this program is for you! Learn the way things work in a hands-on, mechanic shop geared towards individuals with special needs. Discover your inner mechanical engineer!

Pony Club for Special Needs
This program is slower paced than typical Pony Club to allow students with special needs the extra time that is often required for them to learn and develop new skills. The extensive USPC curriculum, developed over the past 55 years, is utilized and customized to your child's learning style. This customization optimizes equine and teamwork skills development.

Quadriplegic Trail Rides
Riders needing total support. Specially trained horses with adaptive equipment enabling riders to build strength, endurance and balance while improving pulmonary, skin, and internal organ function.

Day Camps
All the wonderful activities camp has to offer with a horse theme. Each camper is assigned their own horse to ride, feed, groom, tack-up, learn the mysteries of equines. Assistance provided as needed. 

Residential Summer Camp
We offer summer overnight camps for kids and teens that are high functioning but have a special need(s) that typical camps cannot accomodate. Camps run Saturday to Friday starting late June.

783 San Andreas Road
95076 La Selva Beach , CA
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Thu, May 14, 2020: 8:50 pm
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