Children with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities can grow and flourish at Rainbow Riders. They begin by working with a trusted, accepting equine partner and by being surrounded by supportive, trained and committed instructors and volunteers. The horse's soothing rhythm, strength, warmth, and three-dimensional movement pattern provides healthy exercise while improving strength, circulation, muscle tone and sensory integration. The discipline associated with working with horses and the social interactions between peers benefit the mind and spirit while raising self-esteem and increasing self-sufficiency through accomplishment. The unconditional love of the horses reduces anxiety, encourages interaction and offers a haven where riders can feel a sense of empowerment.
IS RAINBOW RIDERS AN ACREDITED THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING CENTER?
YES! Rainbow Riders is a certified member center of The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). We employ two NARHA certified instructors with two more currently training for the certification.
HOW MUCH DOES THERAPEUTIC RIDING COST?
Because of generous donations from friends and foundations, we are able to charge only a fraction of the actual cost for a riding session.
Our fees are $20.00 per session-$80.00 for a 4 week program.
Financial aid is available for riders who qualify. It is awarded on a case by case basis. For more information please contact our Executive Director, Drew Angotti, at 309-734-4849 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM BEGIN?
Our fisrt, four week program begins in June. We ride from June through October. We also have several workshops scheduled throughout the winter. For more information about specific riding programs, please contact our program coordinator/Head riding instructor, Karen Angotti at 309-734-4849 or email@example.com.
HOW CAN I SIGN MY CHILD UP FOR THERAPEUTIC RIDING?
The first step in the process is to schedule an assesment with our lead instructor. This is to make sure the activities match the needs of the rider, are safe for the rider and will benefit the rider.
If you would like to schedule an assesment, please contact Karen or Drew Angotti at 309-734-4849.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT RAINBOW RIDERS?
Rainbow Riders is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit corporation. We rely entirely on donations and grants to keep us going.
If you are interested in making a donation, we have several sponsorship levels for both riders and horses. Please contact Drew Angotti, Executive Director for more information on giving.
All donations to rainbow Riders are tax deductible.