Programs & Services
Children and Adults with Special Needs
Adjunct Therapies ∑ Summer Camps ∑ Field
PATH Intl. Instructor Mentorship Program ∑ School-To-Work-Vocational Program
B.O.K. Ranch brings the benefits of
therapeutic riding to, on average, 150
individuals each week. We serve riders with over 30 different disabilities, from
ages four to seventy six. There is no maximum age, as long as the rider has no
physical or medical contra-indications.
We offer a variety of classes in order to meet the varying needs of our riders
and lessons are customized to achieve each individualís goals. Working with
specially trained, certified instructors, we teach classes in riding skills and
our riders learn horsemanship and sportsmanship. An important part of our work
includes socialization and success for students who may not be able to
participate in traditional recreational activities but are able to ride and
interact in a group lesson.
Therapeutic Riding is enjoyable as well as purposeful. Lessons include creative
games and sports activities that encourage a sense of well-being and
accomplishment. In addition, students learn horse care, grooming, and equipment
use through hands-on experience. This encourages responsibility, fosters the
bond between horse and rider, and leads to a sense of empowerment. While most of
our lessons are in small groups, each rider has specific goals. Lessons
are individually designed to help students achieve these goals. The certified
therapeutic riding instructor works with a team of specially trained volunteers.
Riders include people from all across the San Francisco Bay Area. We
serve riders from Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties.
Ongoing evaluations of each
therapeutic riding studentís progress are made by
the instructor, the rider, and the rider's parents or guardians.
If you are interested in information on rider enrollment, please contact our
office at (650) 366-2265.