6461 El Apajo Road
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858)756-4117 ext. 321

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You can be a Foster Friend to one of our horses
in our Therapeutic Riding Program!

Thank you for sponsoring the Annual Therapeutic Riding Show
The Swinerton Foundation
Ms. Norma Goodnight

Helen Woodward Animal Center thanks "The Country Friends" and The "Menard Foundation" for their support of our Therapeutic Riding program!

Special thanks to Linda Pfleger Edwards and the Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation, Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, Elizabeth and Donald Dickinson Foundation, and the Toby Wells Foundation for making our weekly riding lessons possible


Therapeutic Riding - Horse
Therapy for Children and Adults with Special Needs

The Center's Therapeutic Riding program benefits children and adults who have a variety of special needs relating to cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and autism to stroke recovery and learning disabilities. Students ride specially trained horses with our certified instructors in weekly sessions to develop increased balance and muscle control, improve concentration and short-term memory, and enhance their confidence and self-esteem.

See how Therapeutic Riding at Helen Woodward Animal Center makes a positive impact in the life of Shannon and her family.

Therapeutic Riding News and Notes

Our spring tack sale was our most successful ever, raising over $1,700 in funds to directly benefit the horses and students of the therapeutic riding program. Generous donations ensured that we had a large and varied inventory of equipment for the horse and rider. The large crowd that came to the sale snagged some great deals for themselves, and had the satisfaction of knowing that their great deals helped others, as well. Many thanks to the many volunteers who helped prepare all the items for sale. Two special thank yous: one to Emma Bardin and her students at Pacific Academy, who came the day before and helped clean and organize many, many boxes of inventory; also to Evonne Spineto, who not only helped the day of the sale, but who helped with promoting it to the local horse community. Mark your calendars now for Saturday August 1, our next sale.

Headed off to college? New family member on the way? Life just getting in the way? If you or someone you know has a horse in their life looking for something to do, we may have a solution. The therapeutic riding program is looking for kind, gentle geldings, around 15-16 hands high, at least 10 years old, and sound at the walk, trot, and canter, for a position on our therapeutic riding team. We provide training and excellent care by our experienced staff. Think your horse might fit the bill? Please email program manager Gretchen Davis at GretcheD@animalcenter.org for more details on how your horse can join the therapeutic riding team.