THE 4 SONRISE PROGRAMS
SonRise offers four weekly programs and due to the overwhelming need for equine therapy in our community, we have a waitlist. SonRise services are free of charge, but in addition to the free programs, SonRise offers supplementary fee-based lessons to make the In the Saddle program available to more children, and lessen the impact of wait times.
To apply, please email us to request a participant application.
In The Saddle
In the Saddle is a horseback riding program geared towards children age 6-18 facing physical and developmental challenges. Lessons partner one child, one mentor, and one horse for a 45 minute session, which includes some grooming and saddling if the child is able. Lessons are personally tailored to accommodate the special needs of each child.
Wednesdays @ 3:30pm, 4:30, 5:30 pm
Fridays @ 3:30pm, 4:30, 5:30 pm
Team Equine is a working ranch program geared towards children facing social and emotional challenges (typically ages 8-13). Supervised by adult volunteers, the kids participate in chores, horse science, riding, and arts & crafts. The activities incorporate life skills like responsibility, work ethic, empathy, and manners. SonRise fosters an environment where the kids can build solid relationships with each other and with positive role models in a healthy community.
Tuesdays 4-5:30 pm
Traveling Tails is a program that brings miniature horses into children’s hospice and care homes to visit children who are near the end of life or facing serious medical issues. The minis also visit special needs schools and camps, working with children who have autism and other developmental delays. Some of our traveling tails locations/partners include:
Helping Hands provides the opportunity for teen volunteers to learn ranch chores alongside teens who may be facing challenges such as high-functioning special needs, bullying, or difficulties at home. This builds a supportive community through small-group interaction, teamwork, and learning life skills from adult mentors.
Wednesdays 3:45-5:15 pm