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:
Any one over two years of age with a diagnosed Developmental, Physical, Visual, Cognitive, Emotional, or Social Disability.
$30 per 45-50 minute hour riding class or $12.50 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 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 9:30, 10:30, 12:30 and 1:30.
Major Benefits of Horse Related Activities:
Improves muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development, emotional and psychological health.
Primary Funding Source:
Help in a variety of ways: fund raising, newsletter production, gardening and landscaping, office work and more. Must be 14 years old or older to work with horses.