What is RideAble?
RideAble is a Center for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies for individuals with special needs serving the greater Eugene/Springfield area. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1995 sustained by grants, donations, fundraising events, and, in a small part, income from lessons. We serve anyone living with developmental, emotional, physical or mental challenges; participants span a range of abilities and ages. Along with providing individuals the opportunity to learn overall horsemanship skills, such as tacking, riding, and grooming. We also, provide a PetAble program which is designed for our human friends to connect with all the animals living at our facility, this includes sheep, goats, bunnies and donkeys.
All of our instructional staff are proudly certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).
While some of our riders come primarily for the healing benefits of horseback riding, others come to expand their riding skills. Classes are designed to fit the individual, their needs and abilities. Our extensive assessment facilitated by our staff creates a set of specific goals with the rider and their family.
Riding lessons are taught in an indoor or outdoor arena with games, obstacle or challenge courses and trail rides as weather conditions permit. We serves anyone with a developmental, emotional, physical, mental special need, as well as veterans. Lessons are planned to meet each rider’s individual needs and groups are selected to include riders with similar skills, stamina, age, and goals.
What are some of the benefits of riding with RideAble?
Promotes confidence and expertise
Riders create an emotional bond with the horses
Increases creative thinking and critical thinking
Riders become more knowledgeable about overall horse care
Develops self-awareness and empathy
Increases sensory preceptor in riders