Who Can Ride

Children of all ages, with a wide range of physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities benefit from therapeutic horseback riding and other equine activities. The types of disabilities and conditions served include:

Autism
Brain Injuries
Cardiovascular Accident/Stroke
Cerebral Palsy
Down Syndrome
Emotional Disabilities

Learning Disabilities
Muscular Dystrophy
Post Polio Speech Impairments
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injuries

Before participating in therapeutic horseback riding activities, individuals need to consult with their physicians. Each prospective rider is required to present a complete medical history and physician’s statement signed by their physician prior to a therapeutic riding session.

Early and consistent therapeutic intervention are the keys to development of enough controlled physical movement and communications to avoid the much costlier alternative of institutionalization as children grow to adulthood. There are very limited therapeutic services available to the many children in the greater Sacramento area who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism. 

Children participate in weekly horseback riding therapy sessions conducted by specially trained physical and/or occupational therapists. Ride to Walk’s reputation as a successful intervention program for this population, from the severely affected to the mildly disabled, is recognized by both Alta California Regional Center and the North American Handicapped Riding Association (NAHRA).