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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
  • Horseback Riding
Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Certification:NARHA certified instructors

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : Students unable to pay, are helped with "scholarships" from Equest.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Equest Special Riders, Inc. is a registered nonprofit organization established in 1982 and located in western Washington State. Our staff of trained volunteers and NARHA certified instructors offer therapeutic horseback riding programs to persons with Developmental Disabilities. Equest is a member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, NARHA.

Equest offers five-week sessions (ride once a week for four weeks, one week off) at a nominal cost to the riders. During their lessons, riders receive instruction in basic horsemanship as well as specialized activities for their individual disabilities.

Our well-trained horses accept wheelchairs, ramps, and various procedures. We have horses to accommodate all sizes of riders from small children to large adults.

The ages, as well as the type of disabilities of the riders vary. All riders must have their physician complete forms stating that the student is physically able to participate in the program prior to beginning the program.