Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic riding is horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. It offers physical benefits such as muscle strengthening, increased flexibility, development of balance, improved coordination, increased breathing and circulation, boosted self-confidence, improved self-esteem and increased fine motor skills.

The horse provides the rider with a feeling of freedom and independence that may be limited in their everyday life. As a result, these skills can assist in improving the quality of life of our riders.

Therapeutic Horseback

Obtaining job skills creates a pathway for professional development, an area that many disabled and disconnected individuals struggle to overcome. Through improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence, riders often find progression in their ability to communicate with others, ultimately resulting in the furtherance of relationships, both professional and personal.

Rate Sheet

EQUI-KIDS offers year-round therapeutic riding lessons through seasonal sessions lasting between three and eight weeks.


See session dates for the current year.

How to Apply

The process to become an EQUI-KIDS participant involves many steps. It is important to us that all who participate have the potential to benefit from our services, so we want to be sure each individual is a good fit. Please click the button below to learn more about the process and how you can get involved.

For more information about our critical program services, contact our Program Director at 757.721.7350 or via email.

Sponsor a Horse

Thank you for your generous contribution.

    (The sponsor name listed above will be used for the stall plaque and custom halter plate)

    (Please note that horse sponsorship requests will be honored in the order donations are received and are subject to change due to the retirement of a horse or other circumstances, which we will do our best to communicate to you in real time)

    CheckCredit Card (one-time payment of $5,000)Credit Card (monthly installments of $416.67)


    If you have opted to pay by check, please mail it to:

    EQUI-KIDS Horse Sponsorship Program
    Attention: Victoria Arboneaux

    2626 Heritage Park Drive

    Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    We will be in touch soon to confirm your payment method and other sponsorship details.