Halleck Creek Ranch Therapeutic Riding 4-H Club Overview
Target demographics: Primary Target: People with physical, mental, or sensory disabities between the ages of 2-21.
Secondary Target: Adults with physical, mental, or sensory disabilities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 riders and over 150 volunteers.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Clean tack, help during a lesson,
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: Halleck Creek Ranch improves the lives of Bay Area youth with disabilities and their families by providing low-cost individual and group therapeutic horseback riding programs. Therapeutic horseback riding is a dynamic, exciting form of exercise that is often recommended by medical professionals as a complementary form of therapy for youth with disabilities. Through its unique physical movements, animal-human bonds, and adventurous nature, therapeutic riding helps youth gain the skills needed to live independent, healthier lives.
Weekly individual and group therapeutic riding programs provide our riders with a critical bridge to greater independence, improved physical and mental health, friendships, and a sense of freedom from their disabilities. In addition, therapeutic riding programs build the physical strength, coordination, self-confidence, and social skills needed to reduce stress and improve each rider’s quality of life, allowing them to reach their full potential, both now and long into adulthood. For some of our young riders, such as those with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, this may mean helping them develop the strength and coordination to sit, stand, or walk independently. For other youth such as those with autism, our programs help them develop better hand strength, coordination, and the ability to interact more comfortably with other youth.
In addition to improving our riders’ lives, our programs are instrumental in supporting their families. Our ranch offers families the opportunity to socialize and network with one another in a welcoming environment, and gives families peace of mind as their children gain critical life skills, become more independent, and make new friendships.
Volunteers gain a unique sense of purpose by helping our special riders.
Over 150 volunteers donate over 7,000 hours to ranch and program each year.