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Program Details


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

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Saddle Up is a therapeutic horseback riding program designed for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. It is operated by trained and dedicated volunteer instructors and lay people.

Its purpose is to promote the rehabilitation of individuals with physical, psychological and learning disabilities through equine-facilitated activities; to help establish therapeutic riding centers; support related medical research; and train and certify therapeutic riding instructors.

For our children, Saddle Up provides more than just a good time. Research shows that students who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. For individuals with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in a manner similar to a human walking gait. The rider must continuously contract and relax muscles to re-balance, improving balance, strength and flexibility.

Individuals with learning or mental disabilities are motivated by riding to increase concentration, patience and discipline. If a psychological or emotional disability is present, the unique relationship formed with a horse can help improve interpersonal relationships. And as is expected, all riders can benefit from increased self-esteem and coping skills.

Saddle Up incorporates goals for educational, behavioral, social and emotional growth into each of the riding lessons.