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Only about 1 out of every 100 horses can be a therapy horse.  Our herd consists of 10 very special horses. They stop when they feel their rider become off balance, give a nuzzle whenever it is needed, are gentle and quiet, and they LOVE their job.


If you are interested in providing a retirement home for one of our horses or interested in leasing your special horse to the Program, please contact our Program Director. 

"There is much we can learn from a friend who happens to be a horse."

– Aleksandra Layland

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality equine-assisted activities to children and adults with physical, cognitive, social, emotional and or other life challenges, regardless of their ability to pay.

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The Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program is a 501(c)(3) organization

founded in 1990 by  Mary Ann Evans, Ph.D. 

We are a Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), the highest national rating. 

We offer therapeutic riding, school and group programs, and a mental health program. 

The Program currently serves 70 students each week and over 300 annually.

We Need Your Support Today!

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