Equine Assisted Therapy Program for Children with Disabilities (2021-2022)
Over the past 39 years, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding’s equine assisted therapy program has positively impacted over 3,000 children with disabilities in the Coachella Valley. This program provides full range of motion exercise on horseback to our riders ages 3 and up at no cost to the families. The significant benefits from our program include improvements in physical strength, balance, coordination, mobility, self-confidence, self-control, peer interaction social skills and independence.
Our riders come from all 3 Coachella Valley Unified School Districts special needs classes. Pegasus Therapeutic Riding pays to bus these riders to and from our facility.
At Pegasus we look to the ABILITY rather than the DISABILITY.
Contact: Dennis Shepard Executive Director
Therapy for Children (2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015)
Pegasus serves more than 200 disabled children and adults, most of whom come by bus, at no cost, from all of the Special Needs classes throughout the Riverside Unified School District. Disabled adults can attend classes on Saturdays, when private riding is available. Specially trained therapy horses and ponies are ready to patiently carry their riders each week, Wednesday through Saturday, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, in 30- minute sessions. "The Pegasus horses are the heart and soul of the organization." They are donated, adopted and retrained to be therapy horses, and they will live the rest of their lives at the Pegasus ranch, under the care of Virginia Davis, Ranch/Stable Manager.
The work of Pegasus must continue to focus on reaching out to the working poor and indigent families where health care for “special Needs “children is almost non-existent. Inclusiveness is embedded within all of our philosophies, strategies and activities. We focus our 38 +years of expertise gained via our program in achieving community impact especially for the working poor, the indigent and the disenfranchised. Pegasus is always seeking volunteers, so please call 760-772-3057 for more information. The Pegasus Therapeutic Riding ranch is at 35-450-B Pegasus Court, in Palm Desert, next to Xavier School on Chase School Road.