Welcome to Free SPIRIT Riders


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Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders, Inc is a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities from Fond du Lac and the surrounding area through safe, therapeutic interaction with horses.


To provide active therapy.
To provide a valuable experience that is enjoyable though challenging.
To promote the rehabilitation of individuals with physical, psychological and learning disabilities through equine-facilitated activities.

Type of Organization:

501(c)(3)Non-profit corporation.

Eligible Individuals:

Any one over two years of age with a diagnosed Developmental, Physical, Visual, Cognitive, Emotional, or Social Disability.fsr photofsr photo

Rider Fee:

$30 per 45-50 minute hour riding class or $15.00 per half hour grooming class. Riders are encouraged to have our services written into the Family Support Program, CMO, COP or CIP treatment plans.  Riderships and partial riderships are available based on family needs and income. 

Our season runs from early May to November. Classes are usually scheduled in mid to late afternoons and early evenings.  A typical season will have classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4, 5, 6, and 7 PM with up to 5 students per class time. More classes are added when school is out for the summer, with daytime classes on Wednesdays at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00 NOON.

Major Benefits of Horse Related Activities:

Improves muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination,  motor development, emotional and psychological health.

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Grants, Organized Fund Raising, Fee for services and Individual Contributions.

Ways to Contribute:

There are many ways our fans and supporters can contribute to Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders, Inc. Rider Sponsorships provide opportunities for riders whose families may not be able to afford equestrian services at this time. Volunteering with Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders is a fun, hands-on opportunity for you to get involved. If you wish to make a monetary donation, our mailing address is P.O. Box 1291, Fond du Lac, WI 54936, or stop out by us at the barn so we can thank you in-person! You are also always welcome to call us at 920-924-9920 to further discuss ways you can make a meaningful contribution to our agency.

Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders always welcomes new volunteers to join our volunteer team! We also want to make your volunteer experience meaningful and enjoyable for you. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders, Inc. Side Walking, Horse Handling, Barn Chores, Fundraising, Event Planning, Gardening, landscaping, and administrative assistance – just to name a few! Individuals hoping to work directly with horses must be 14 years or older. Check out the Volunteer page on our website and fill out an application today! You may also send an email to info@freespiritriders.org or give us a call at 920-924-9920.

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