For more than 30 years, we’ve given children with disabilities the opportunity to have fun while improving their coordination and balance, strengthening their muscles—and building their confidence. Kids get to play games while on the horses and enjoy special events such as our summer trail ride and Halloween horseback trick-or-treating. Whether you want to sign up your child (age 5–19) as a rider, or volunteer your own time, we look forward to hearing from you.
Horseback riding is one of the few recreational activities that is truly physically therapeutic. It requires the involvement of the whole body and utilizes every muscle and joint. Horseback riding offers a combination of sensory, cognitive and emotional stimulation that facilitates mobility, socialization, and independence. The horse’s rhythmical swinging movement challenges the rider’s whole body to continually respond with natural movements. Tight muscles relax, lax muscles are stretched and strengthened, coordination is improved, and circulation increased. Game-oriented lessons and occasional trail rides are fun for the children and provide variety. Each child advances according to his or her own ability—whether it be increased mobility, improved self-esteem, or just enjoying outdoor fun and a sense of accomplishment. Riders range in age from 5 to 19 and come from many Bay Area communities.
Our riding program has sessions during fall, winter, and spring and are held on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 5 pm. The sessions are ten weeks long, and a different set of riders and volunteers come on each day. A shorter summer session is held in the evenings during the month of July.