RideAbility is a Therapeutic Riding Program, Equine Facilitated Activity Program. Our mission is to offer a wide range of horse-related programs to children, adults, and families with special needs to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.
RideAbility serves riders with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Visual Impairments, Cognitively and Physically Challenges, Learning Disabilities, Hearing Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Emotional Disabilities, PTSD, Paralysis, Multiple Sclerosis, Sensory Integration Issues, ADHD, and Developmental Disabilities and others.
Students can gain physical, emotional, and mental rewards from horseback riding. A person with a physical disability may experience improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength through gentle and rhythmic movements of the horse. An individual with mental or emotional disabilities may also form a unique relationship with a specific horse, which may lead to improved self-esteem, confidence, and spirituality. People with learning or developmental disabilities are motivated to increase their concentration, patience, and discipline. Our riders benefit from increased self-esteem and confidence. At RideAbility riding is for everyone.
1-Provide our services to as many children and adults in our community with special needs as possible, providing them the opportunity to develop to their greatest potential
2- Maintain our commitment to play a leading role in improving the lives and well being of our riders and their families and continue to provide our services to all eligible individuals regardless of their ability to pay.
3- Ensure the high quality and safety of our program, continuing to operate in an environment designed to meet the individual needs of our riders and their families. All existing and new volunteers will continue to be well trained and committed to serving the goals of the organization.
4- Increase the effectiveness of our program by continuing the development of program outcome measurements that accurately reflect the beneficial results of therapeutic riding.
5- Develop an active, interested and diverse Board of Directors from members of our community.
6- Develop a broad base of financial support that will continue to grow with the organization.
saw a child who couldn't walk,
Sit on a horse, laugh and talk.
Then ride through a field of daisies
and yet, he couldn't walk unaided.
saw a child, no legs below,
sit on a horse and make it go
through woods of green
and places he had never been
to sit and stare, except from a chair.
saw a child who couldn't crawl
mount a horse and sit up tall.
Put it through degrees of paces
and laugh at the wonder in our faces.
saw a child born into strife,
Take up and hold the reins of life
and that same child, I heard him say
Thank God for showing me the way...
--John Anthony Davies