RideAble provides equestrian experiences for children, youth and adults with a wide range of disabilities. The RideAble program offers an opportunity for students to meet and adjust to a horse in a safe and supportive environment, followed by instruc... Read more
RideAble provides equestrian experiences for children, youth and adults with a wide range of disabilities. The RideAble program offers an opportunity for students to meet and adjust to a horse in a safe and supportive environment, followed by instruction in riding and horsemanship.
RideAble is an equestrian program for people with disabilities, based in Eugene (Goshen), Oregon, RideAble is a non-profit corporation, EIN 93-1172229, providing therapeutic horsemanship opportunities for those living with special needs since 1995.
RideAble offers private individual lessons and small group classes of up to four students. Lessons are planned to meet each rider's individual needs and groups are selected to include riders with similar skills and stamina. As their lessons progress, students become more knowledgeable about horse care, management of the horse and specific riding skills. These skills increase independence and self-esteem and enhance the enjoyment of the intrinsically therapeutic relationship between horse and rider. Each member of the instructional staff at RideAble is certified by Professional Association of Theraputic Horsemanship International (PATHIntl).
Aside from "doing a good thing" by volunteering, you gain so much more with this program. You are truly helping others. From assisting with tacking, to side-walking and keeping someone on their horse, you also feel joy as you watch the riders and their families. There seems to be a sort of release for a lot of the riders...their bodies may relax, their mind may focus, they have a task that they may not be able to accomplish off of the horse. To witness this is heartwarming. To know that you are helping the riders and the horses to bond and work together is touching. You don't have to be horse-savvy, nor do you need to understand physical, mental or developmental "different" abilities, just a passion to help and watch what unfolds!
by Jane C. from Eugene, OR
Rideable is amazing. My special needs daughter has been riding there for over 3 years now--and she really, really loves it. It makes her feel like she can really do something extraordinary, it helps her with balance and other skills, and like many special needs kids, she has a great fondness for animals, so the interaction with the animals is all-important. The volunteers are really, really nice, and they get to ride and train the horses, which is great fun there I think. Everyone is very gentle and kind--riding is fun and all about being nice to the horses as friends, and not about showing the horses, or competition, which makes for a very special place.