It is the mission of We Can Ride to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities or special needs through equine (horse) assisted activities.
It’s not about what disabilities or challenges our riders face, but rather what their abilities are and how they can be discovered through therapeutic horseback riding and other equine assisted activities. Here are a few examples:
“If I don’t ride, I don’t walk.” ~ Margret, a rider with MS diagnosed 20 years ago. When taking time off from riding, she loses sensation in her feet and must use a cane.
“I can stick my tongue out at my balance problem.” ~ Nadine, a rider recovering from a stroke
“Samantha gets to be an athlete… I get to be a regular mom… she likes looking back at me and showing me what she is doing. It’s a sense of pride for both of us.” ~ Bridget, the mother of a rider with cerebral palsy
“Jack (the pony) is my legs so that I can run!” ~ Abby, a four year old who is confined to a wheelchair, recognizes her new found freedom
“…at other places, people stare because I have a disability. At We Can Ride, I am just a girl learning to ride and spending time with her best friends. The horses and volunteers see me for who I am. I am no longer ‘that girl who walks funny.” ~ A young girl with cerebral palsy explains why she loves We Can Ride
We want to inspire the Twin Cities’ community with the great work we do and the difference we make in our clients’ lives. It’s through the generosity of caring individuals like you that we can continue to make a real difference.
We Can Ride Is…
- a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
- Minnesota’s only Premier Accredited center of PATH: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International
- serving more than 230 riders with disabilities per year
- utilizing the talents of more than 500 volunteers who give more than 20,000 hours throughout the year
- a team of 20 horses that are the muscles behind the miracles – working in therapeutic riding lessons and hippotherapy with trained therapists
The three-dimensional movement that a rider gains from their horse in the pelvic girdle is the same movement as the typical human walking gait. So many benefits are gained from this unique service. A few examples are:
- Physical: balance, muscle stamina, coordination
- Cognitive: focus, attention span, memory skills, and problem solving
- Emotional/Social: self-esteem, communication, emotional awareness, knowledge/practice of social skills, and making friends!
Join us in helping make a difference!