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Causes: Children & Youth, Equestrian, Sports, Unknown, Youth Development

Mission: - to provide full body range of motion exercise on horseback called equine therapy, at no cost, to as many certified disabled children and adults as possbile. - to gently ease each rider into a program of physical exercise tailored to his or her needs. - for the physically impaired, to help the development of beneficial muscles and joints. - for the mentally handicapped, to provide psychological and emotional benefits derived from riding a horse. - for people who have difficulty bonding with others, to offer an opportunity to develop trust and confidence by bonding with a trained horse. - to continue rescuing and adopting horses in need, and profive them with nurturing care and training. - to look at the ability of a person rather than the disability. - to believe everyone is worthy. - to know that miracles do happen.

Programs: Children and adults ranging from age 3 to 82 with varied levels and types of disabilities are referred to pegasus riding academy for equine therapy from the coachella valley unified school district, private physicians, physical therapists, and various organizations around the coachella valley. Each rider is eased into a program of physical exercise geared to their needs. For the physically impaired, riders strengthen their muscles and joints. For the mentally challenged the riders receive psychological and emotional benefits such as learning to concentrate and a sense of accomplishment. During 2010 pegasus had 169 handicapped individuals. In order to qualify for the program a rider must be deemed handicapped by the social security administration or by the public school system. Classes are held october to may, wednesday through saturday, every half hour from 8:30am until approximately noon. There are up to 6 horses in the ring at a time and riders always have one trained volunteer on each side of them and a trained volunteer leader who guides the horse. In 2010 there were a total of 178 volunteers and 5 volunteer instructors. The 5 volunteer instructors trained 2 new individuals to become volunteer instructors in 2011.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Hello my name is Melissa okelly and I am 51 years old and I am a successful registered dental assistant, skin expert esthetician and a manicurist. I have been raised with horses since childhood and have showed horses and some of the most high end shows in English and in Western. I recently noticed this beneficial cause that not only deal with disabled children but also horses & ponies who need a little extra help. I am willing to do whatever you need help with whether it be guiding children with the horses up to cleaning horse stalls.

Keri G.


Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Pegasus Riding Academy in march 2010, the staff, volunteers, clients and horses are all wonderful, I feel like i've known them all my life, it has become such a big part of my life, that sometimes i dont want to leave, my husband is now involved and he feels just as strongly as me about the wonderful work That Pegasus Riding Academy does, I know we will be here for a long time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

pegasus is a wonderful place that helps people with all disabilities including autism. The people are warmhearted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pegasus is a registered non-profit organization which assists in the therapy of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. This great organization has helped better the lives of hundreds of people. My Daughter Lauren has come so far thanks to Pegasus Pat Mckenna