Project RIDE Inc. - Charities, Nonprofit

Contact Info

Project RIDE Inc.
8840 Southside Ave.
Elk Grove, California 95624Phone: 916.685.7433
Fax: 916.686.0500
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About Project RIDE Inc.

Project R.I.D.E. offers therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to over 500 riders with disabilities. 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.

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.
Here is a partial, by no means exhaustive list of the disabilities we work with:

Autism
Brain Injuries
Cardiovascular Accident/Stroke
Cerebral Palsy
Down Syndrome
Hearing and Vision Impairments

Learning Disabilities including ADHD
Muscular Dystrophy
Post Polio Speech Impairments
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injuries

NEW! See our new horse club program

This non-mounted program held on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30pm is available to anyone with special needs, but priority is given to participants who may not be able to participate in our mounted program for health or weight reasons. We will be doing arts and crafts, grooming and bathing horses, and working on social skills with a team of specially trained volunteers assisting. This program is ongoing and fees are $100 monthly. Download the Horse Club Flier here:HORSE CLUB Flyer
Please contact us today to find out about the availability of our riding lessons or our unmounted programs.

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.

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