RAD has been welcoming disabled preschoolers and students from all grades to our ranch experience for over 36 years. Therapeutic horseback riding benefits those with cognitive, physical, emotional and social challenges. Since a horse’s movement naturally mimics a person’s motion while walking, riders enjoy independence and mobility. The horse aids in relaxing the rider’s muscles, increases his or her balance and flexibility and promotes emotional well-being. And it’s fun!
We do not charge for our horseback rides. All we ask is that either the rider or the parent volunteer to help around the ranch or with the riding lesson. Monetary donations are acceptable. We also offer horseback riding to seniors, whether it’s been years since you’ve been on a horse or have never ridden.
The Rancho is a popular source for high school students needing to fulfill community service requirements. Many will end their time at the Rancho with a smiling thank-you to Beth and Suzanne for how much they enjoyed themselves.
School groups ride during the week. Individuals ride Saturday mornings. To schedule a ride, please contact Beth (805-459-9083) or Suzanne (805-458-6000).
You will find us every year at Cuesta College where we offer rides to everyone at the Special Olympics.
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