In riding a horse we borrow freedom.
— Helen Thomson

For more than 20 years, Rainbow Riders has operated a therapeutic riding program to help Newfoundland and Labrador children grow and develop despite physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities – all through horseback riding and equine-assisted learning activities. 

Our programs

By uniting these children with an equine partner and a team of volunteers, Rainbow Riders provides the rider with a progressive form of therapy, improving the rider’s strength, circulation, muscle tone and sensory integration. Through therapeutic riding, horses help physically and mentally challenged children achieve things that may seem impossible. They help an autistic child make connections and improve communication skills. They lend a six-year-old child, confined since birth to a wheelchair, legs to run through a field.

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

  • Improved balance and muscle strength

  • Improved coordination and faster reflexes

  • Improved gross and fine motor skills

  • Increased muscular control

  • Stress reduction

  • Increased circulation

  • Increased self-confidence

  • Increased self-esteem and self-image