RideAble is an equestrian program for people with special needs based in the Eugene/Springfield area, advice in the state of Oregon. RideAble is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and has been providing horsemanship learning opportunities since 1995. PetAble has been added to the program to provide animal contact. Some of those enjoying this experience have personal or medical issues preventing participation in RideAble.
The RideAble program offers an opportunity for students to meet and adjust to a horse in a safe and supportive environment, shop followed by instruction in basic horsemanship. While some of our students come primarily for the healing benefits of horseback riding, others come to expand their riding skills, with specific goals in mind. Riding lessons are taught in an indoor or outdoor arena with games, obstacle or challenge courses and trail rides as weather conditions permit.
Students in the RideAble program span a range of abilities and ages. RideAble serves anyone with a developmental, emotional, physical, or mental special need. All participants share an enthusiasm for horses and riding that is fostered by our instructors and volunteers.
RideAble offers private, individual lessons and small group classes of up to four. Lessons are planned to meet each rider’s individual needs and groups are selected to include riders with similar skills, stamina, age, and goals. As their lessons progress s
tudents 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 healing relationship between horse and rider. Each member of the instructional staff at RideAble is certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).
The heart of RideAble is the volunteer program. This group of people organize, raise funds, assist instructors, groom/tack the horses and help accomplish the many important jobs that it takes to run an equestrian program. See our volunteer page to learn more about how you can become involved.