Our special needs riders, young and old, are a great bunch of people that love to be around the horses and ride with confidence. The joy on their faces when they achieve their goals makes your heart jump for joy. They are working on a variety of skills including gross motor, fine motor, balance, self confidence, and accomplishment. Riders come with a variety of challenges including Autism, Down syndrome, developmental delays, spinal disease and injury, traumatic brain injury, and many more.
Our goal is to support their existing skills and to grow the needed skills so they can become "equestrian extraordinaire". We challenge them to be as independent as they can while offering support and encouragement along the way. It is expected that each rider will eventually become an independent rider. We believe that participation in the grooming and saddling is part of the journey. You ride, you have to groom, and do the hard work too. Some of our riders even participate in barn chores.
Volunteers are present at all times and help as needed.
Riders and Volunteers Grooming horses