Resources for learning about & becoming involved with horses. Clubs, lessons, camps, guest ranches & rescues offer opportunities to learn about horses & riding. Equine rescues & sanctuaries often offer horse sponsorships & may offer riding lessons with your sponsored horse.
Equine Clubs for Youth
4H Equine Education. Youth program that offers a wide variety of equine projects including horsemanship, breeding, draft, drill, driving, English & Western, gymkhana, judging, miniature, trail riding & ponies. http://www.ca4h.org/Projects/SET/EquineEducation.
Butte County: (530) 538-7201.
Shasta County: (530) 224-4900.
Siskiyou County: (530) 842-2711.
Tehama County: (530) 527-3101.
Shasta Riding Club; Weed. Nonprofit riding program where children, their families & knowledgeable leaders share the passion of horsemanship regardless of economic resources, learning styles, or any other differences. An inclusive community where local youth & families can build character, develop relationships, learn responsibility & cultivate empathy through riding & other activities with rescued horses. http://www.shastaridingclub.org.
United States Pony Clubs, Inc. National horsemanship program for youth to age 25. Teaches riding, mounted sports, & the care of horses & ponies. Develops responsibility, leadership & sportsmanship. Dressage, jumping & eventing. Call for information on starting a Pony Club in upper CA. http://www.ponyclub.org. National Office: (859) 254-7669.
Equine Assisted Learning & Psychotherapy
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a powerful & effective therapeutic approach that uses horses as a tool for emotional growth. Typically addresses a variety of needs, including trauma, abuse, ADHD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship problems and more.
Handi-Riders; Oroville. Provides therapeutic, adaptive horseback riding for children & adults with special needs. Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship member & Premier Accredited Center. Has served Butte, Glenn & Tehama counties for 30+ years. http://www.handi-riders.org. (530) 533-5333.
HealTherapy, Inc.; Yreka. Provides comprehensive equine assisted & traditional psychotherapy for ages 5-21 (younger on a case-by-case basis). For Medi-Cal eligible children & adults through Beacon Health Strategies. Provides equine services through Siskiyou Probation & Jail, & traditional therapy in association with Fairchild Medical Clinic. Member of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. http://www.HealTherapyinc.com. (530) 842-3455.
Kimberley Covington, LMFT; Butte County. MFC#42220. Equine Psychotherapy. Works with
individuals, couples, youth & families. http://www.kimcovington.com. 852 Manzanita Ct., #140. (530) 899-1412.
Stable Hands; Yreka. Improves the physical, mental, emotional & social health of people living with disabilities through equine assisted activities & therapy. Hippotherapy for ages 2yrs & up. Horses Helping Heroes veterans program (free). Scholarship program avail. http://www.stablehands.org. (530) 842-3082.
Tricia Weldon / Ananda Ranch; Siskiyou County. Tricia Weldon, MA., EAP, EAL, CTS, holds Level II certification under the Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association as an equine specialist & facilitator. She is also a Girls Circle certified facilitator, & a trauma specialist & consultant. Founder of Ananda Ranch, providing girls & women a place to awaken their full potential. http://www.anandaranch.org; (530) 925-2567.
Equine Lessons, Camps, Trail Rides & Guest Ranches
Almond Country Farms Equestrian Center; Durham. Lesson program includes riding (Western or English) & horse care. Summer camps offered. 2304 Hutton Way. (530) 343-1558.
Equestrians In Harmony; Chico & Orland. Provides classes & camps in equestrian vaulting, & English riding & jumping. No horse experience needed. Helps students become thoughtful, confident & safe equestrian athletes. http://www.equestriansinharmony.com. (530) 200-3944.
Equestrians In Harmony; Orland. Lessons in equestrian vaulting (horse provided), English riding & jumping. Summer
Nor Cal Riding Stables; Anderson. Year-round trail rides throughout Northern CA, summer horse camps, riding & horsemanship lessons for all ages (even little ones), summer camps, special occasions, Girl & Boy Scout clinics, & horse training.www.norcaltrailrides.com. (530) 515-8958.
Ananda Ranch; Siskiyou County. Offerings include an I-Trust Horse Program where participants can heal their emotional wounds as they associate with trained horses. Operated by Tricia Weldon, MA, EAP, EAL, CTS (see her listing in Equine Assisted Learning & Psychotherapy. Main focus is trauma recovery, personal growth, bereavements & more. Offers classes, workshops for all ages, genders. http://www.anandaranch.org; (530) 925-2567.
Mt. Hermon Kidder Creek; Greenview. Offers multiple summer camps for beginning, intermediate & advanced horsemanship. Grades 2-12. June-Aug.www.mounthermon.org. (888) 226-7386.
Rockin’ Maddy Ranch; Yreka. Lessons & trail rides for all ages. Carriage rides. rockinmaddyranch.com. (530) 340-2100.
VS Equine; Mt. Shasta. Offers camps, clinics, guided trail rides & horseback tours on horse or mule, comprehensive lesson
& training program. http://www.vsequine.com.
Coffee Creek Ranch; Trinity Center. Guest ranch offering ranch-stay packages. Summer youth programs for ages 3-17, Trinity Alps Wilderness Area pack trips, & Ride & Dine activities (horseback riding & meal). Special events include a Mother’s Day week or weekend, Father’s Day week, a Grandparents’ weekend & two Kids weeks. http://www.coffeecreekranch.com.
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch; Quincy. Guest ranch, riding lessons, camps & special events. http://www.greenhornranch.com. (800) 334-6939.
Equine Rescues & Sanctuaries
Equine rescues are always in great need of donations (supplies, money & services). Some offer volunteer opportunities & educational programs. Sponsoring a horse is a great way to help an equine sanctuary & to make a connection with an individual horse.
Home at Last Sanctuary; Yankee Hill. Long-term sanctuary for rescued neglected/injured horses & other animals: over 70 horses, donkeys & mules, plus calves, goats, llamas, dogs & cats. Schools, groups & tours by appointment. Horse sponsorships.
http://www.halsanctuary.org. (530) 514-1439.
Safe Haven Horse Rescue; border of Cottonwood & Anderson. Horse adoptions, foster programs, horse sponsorship program, volunteer opportunities. Field trip program & riding lessons (for sponsored horses). Open to the public Sat/Sun 9am-3pm, during the week by appt. http://www.safehavenhorserescue.org. New location: 4388 West Anderson Dr. (530) 347-4941.
Wild Horse Sanctuary; Shingletown. 5,000-acre preserve dedicated to protecting & preserving America’s wild horses as a living national treasure. Provides sanctuary in an ecologically balanced environment. Visitors welcome Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm for wild horse viewing, free of charge & no appt. needed. Trail rides, horse adoptions & sponsorships. Annual open house & benefit in August. wildhorsesanctuary.org. Office hours Wed & Thurs 9am-3pm. (530) 474-5770.
Humanity for Horses; Mt. Shasta. Private sanctuary, operating as a non-profit, that rescues horses from slaughter, abuse, neglect & abandonment. Provides thoroughbreds, mustangs & other horses, plus llamas, goats & more, a loving home with life-long care. humanityforhorses.org. (530) 926-9990.