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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Camp
  • Horseback Riding
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program was established in 1989 to offer horseback riding lessons to individuals with mental and physical disabilities such as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Learning Disabilities. Barbara S. Ford founded the program with only one pony and six riders. Ms. Ford recognized that through equine activities, the challenged rider could develop self-awareness, self-confidence and improve their concentration.

Therapeutic riding also offers physical benefits such as muscle strengthening and stretching and increases fine motor skills. The horse provides the challenged rider with a feeling of freedom and independence that may be limited in their everyday life.

EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program currently provides the following services to the Hampton Roads community:
  • weekly student instruction
  • summer camp
  • educational seminars
  • public school programs
  • local, state and national competitions
  • parades and exibitions
  • farm tours with petting zoo
  • mobile equestrian outreach