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Teacup and student
Therapeutic Co-Riding
SYVTRP Halloween Event
Sidewalking Lesson
Staff and Volunteers
Hidden Wings Program
Fun at the Program
Staff and Volunteers 2

The Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program offers therapeutic riding and horsemanship for children and adults. Lessons are taught on specially-trained horses. Students must have a physician’s release to ride. Please see our Student tab above for more information and a link to our Rider Application.

To learn more about any of our programs

please contact Kim at or (805) 350-2229.


Experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors. Therapeutic/adaptive horsemanship contributes to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with disabilities.

Benefits Include:

Flexibility | Balance | Muscle strength | Improved coordination | Recreational opportunities | Self-esteem | Confidence

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. (n.d.). Therapeutic & Adaptive Horsemanship. PATH International. Retrieved May 13, 2024, from

Current Collaborations

Travels with Teacup 

we bring our miniature horse to your organization

Solvang School’s Special Education 

weekly therapeutic riding lessons

Elks Golden Circle of Champions

Momentum WORK Inc

weekly therapeutic riding lessons

Santa Maria School District 

weekly therapeutic riding lessons

Santa Barbara Behavioral Wellness (BeWell)

Vandenberg Space Force Base

Field Days

for special needs children

Hidden Wings Adult Program

weekly horsemanship class

Individual and group therapeutic riding lessons

to people with special needs

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