It is with regret that the Project ASTRIDE Board of Directors has voted to cancel all summer classes for this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictability of this virus. We want to protect our riders and volunteers the best way we know how during these uncertain times. We still hold out hope for a Fall riding session, and will continue to monitor the situation and determine if we can offer classes following safe practices to keep all riders and volunteers safe. The horses continue to be happy and healthy but sure do miss seeing all the smiling faces of our riders and volunteers. Thanks again for your patience during these times and we hope that you are all safe and healthy. Updates will be provided as we know more. Thanks for your continued support of Project ASTRIDE!
Why Therapeutic Riding?
When astride the horse a rider feels, by way of their mount's quadruped gait, the three-way motion of the human walking stride.
Through passive experience many riders are assisted to move their muscles and skeletal structures in patterns that they and their therapists otherwise do not have the means to facilitate.
The repetitive motion and constant body heat of the horse encourage the rider's muscles to relax and their physical structure to align and become more responsive.
Most of our participants have never had the opportunity to be "in control". To control an animal much larger than themselves is an empowering experience!
Although we offer recreational riding and not horse therapy (hippotherapy), riders will experience many of the same physical benefits while learning horseback riding and equestrian skills.
While building self-esteem, participants gain skills that many of their peers do not have.
Because of interaction with volunteers, other participants and the horses, many participants learn to develop social skills and friendships.
Participate as a Rider
Becoming involved with Project ASTRIDE as a participant can be one of the most rewarding, best decisions you may make for yourself or those you care for!
Volunteer With PA!
Why does Sandy volunteer? "Because I like going home and smelling like the barn!" This is just one of many reasons to our team of dedicated volunteers.