P.O. Box 256
Solvang, CA 93464
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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The mission of the Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program is to provide professional horseback riding lessons and equine facilitated therapies to enhance the lives of people with special needs regardless of their ability to pay.
Our slogan is Walk Trot Heal, and we get to be a part of healing people through horses and spreading joy every day.
“The horse's gait, or walking pattern, is very similar to that of the human. Riding on a horse helps people who otherwise might have difficulty walking experience a proper form of gait. This, in turn, allows their muscles to be properly conditioned.
It also stimulates the rider’s spinal cord and the part of the brain that controls speech. These benefits often carry through to other aspects of their lives, so we typically see lasting results.
I have seen significant progress in patients even after just a few sessions of riding at the Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program." Mary Beth Johnson, Physical Therapist
"Out of all the therapies I've tried for MS, therapeutic riding is by far the ultimate for my body and peace of mind." – Marie, current student.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Lesson VolunteersVolunteers needed for weekday afternoon lessons and Saturday morning lessons.
PlantsWe are looking for bushes in 5 gallon buckets.
Grooming ItemsNew brushes and fly spray are always appreciated.