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Therapeutic Horseback Riding

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • Spots available: 10+

We teaching basic riding skills to individuals with special needs! We rely on volunteers to provide support to our participants as horse leaders and sidewalkers!

No horse background is required, but definitely helpful!

Sidewalkers are rider focused, and Horse Leaders are horse focused.

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PO BOX 1203, STAUNTON, VA 24402, US

Mission Statement

Ride With Pride (RWP) is making a difference in the lives of those children and adults who have physical disabilities, mental/emotional needs, and learning challenges through a wide range of therapeutic equine activities.


The RWP Therapeutic Horsemanship program continues to offer individuals a supportive, communitybased environment for the treatment of mental, physical and emotional needs. The program utilizes functional riding skills and the rhythmic movement of the horse to achieve specific physical, cognitive, and social/emotional goals. This interactive recreational activity includes mounted and non-mounted exercises designed to improve physical abilities, to increase confidence and independence, and to encourage positive interpersonal and social interactions.

The amount of benefit gained through therapeutic riding differs from person to person based on many factors such as the type of disability, severity of disability, motivation of the rider and connection between horse and rider. Unlike exercise machines that only focus on one muscle group at a time and do not use natural body movements, riding forces the rider to make use of the entire body to steer, control, adjust the horse and maintain balance.

Because horses require not only physical skill but also cognitive skill for achievement, riding reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the rider. While most traditional therapeutic techniques often reach a plateau where the patient may lose motivation, the pleasure and excitement of riding acts to encourage patients to work through the pain and discomfort. The act of accomplishing something many able-bodied people are afraid to try is a benefit to those with disabilities in itself.


Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Animals, Children & Youth, People with Disabilities


Mon Jul 08, 2024 - Fri Aug 23, 2024
12:30 PM - 07:30 PM


2435 Shutterlee Mill RoadStaunton, VA 24401



  • Fundraising
  • American Sign Language
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 13
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least 1 hour a week
  • physically fit enough to walk for 30 minutes in arena footing

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