Are you or someone you know interested in riding with us? We have Open Riding every Saturday from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Please feel free to join us for an introductory session and to meet our volunteers and horses.
Following are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have more questions or are uncertain if our program will be right for you, please call Pat at (909) 987-9403, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us through Facebook.
What is Equestrian Therapy?
Equestrian therapy is an experiential treatment that includes therapeutic and recreational horseback riding lessons to children and adults with physical and mental challenges. Horseback riding is a multidisciplinary approach to neurodevelopmental therapy and physical rehabilitation that produces specific benefits and provides overall conditioning of the rider, especially those with disabilities. These can include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, autism, cerebral palsy, dementia, depression, developmental delay, genetic syndromes (i.e., Down syndrome), traumatic brain injuries, behavioral issues, abuse issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health or physical concerns. To learn more about equine therapy, please visit About Us
We are also proud to introduce our "Soldiers Helping Soldiers" Program for injured Veterans and those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To learn more about our Soldiers for Soldiers Program
What are the riding hours?
Sunday - Friday: By appointment only. Please call.
Saturday: Open riding 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. No appointment required.
How do I make an appointment for a private lesson?
How long do most riding sessions last?
Riding sessions vary from person to person, depending on the disability, physical capabilities, and emotional/physical stamina; however, most sessions last from ten minutes to an hour.
How should I dress for a riding lesson?
Covered shoes are required. No open-toed shoes of any type will be allowed (i.e., sandals, flip-flops, etc). Long pants are also required when riding the horses.
Does the rider have to wear a helmet?
Yes. We have several assorted sizes of helmets for you to choose from. A helmet is absolutely required for those who plan to ride the horses. You may also bring your own if you prefer.
Will we ride if the weather is bad?
If the weather is exceptionally bad, we will postpone all lessons for that day.
Do I need to call if I need to cancel an equine-assisted therapy session?
Yes. Please call us at (909) 987-9403 at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled lesson if you plan to miss a session.
What paperwork do I need to fill out to begin?
We will provide a packet that all riders (or guardians) must fill out after their introductory lesson at Rising Stars, which includes release forms. There are no long-term contracts or obligations.
What are your prices?
We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation and are donation-based. We ask for a $85 per month donation.
Do I have to provide insurance?
Insurance is included in your $85 donation.
Would you like to ride with us?
Are you interested in riding with us? We look forward to meeting you at our Saturday open riding session 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (no appointment needed) or make an appointment with us.