Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Education, Health, Sports


P.O. Box 4855 Petaluma CA 94955 USA


Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with physical, behavioral and developmental challenges through the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and related equine assisted therapy.


From a program that started by serving 100 riders each year, we have grown to become a program that serves more than 100 riders each week. Over 90% of our riders achieve their stated goals in each session. We also maintain an active volunteer corp of 175. Without them, we could not do our work.

Target demographics:

Any child or adult with a disability who can be helped by therapeutic riding!

Geographic areas served:

Greater San Francisco Bay Area - riders come to us from 7 counties

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Rating: 5 stars  

What I enjoy most about working with Giant Steps is that we see real results every day and are able to improve the lives of so many people. The caliber of the staff and the volunteers is extraordinary. It amazes me that we are able to serve such a diverse range of people, from all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability. There is a real draw and a very special energy watching our riders in the arena, and witnessing the commitment and dedication of all involved has touched me greatly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center is dedicated to helping heal emotionally and physically disabled children and adults through caring for and riding horses. I have known about this fabulous group of dedicated staff and volunteers, and about the magic they perform since 2004. I have seen them greatly enrich many lives. The quality therapy they provide allows each rider, as well as his/her family, to live a richer, fuller life than they ever imagined. I proudly support Giant Steps Equestrian Therapeutic Center.

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The proud and contented students and their delighted family members.

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The warm sincerity of staff & volunteers

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...enrich the lives of so many more people! Giant Steps accepts students of all income levels. Because most families struggle with other costly medical bills associated with the students' disabilities, many families cannot afford this therapy. Giant Steps believes that disabled people of every income bracket deserve a good life, and in many cases will supplement the cost of the classes. This puts a big strain on their budget.

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I honestly cannot think of what could be better. The dedication staff and volunteers is ceaseless.

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