Becoming involved with Project ASTRIDE as a participant can be one of the most rewarding, best decisions you may make for yourself or those you care for.

If you’re interested in becoming a participant, please read through the eligibility guidelines below and then contact Heather to learn more and get an application packet.


Enrollment is open to anyone with a physician’s permission, with exclusions to those of a body weight or size beyond the carrying capacity of the horses used in the program at the time of classes, or to those who present a physical danger to the horse or others due to behavior.

All participants must be over the age of 3 and weigh no more than 180 pounds or 2 years old if their PT/OT/Physician is in attendance. A current weight limit guideline of 180 pounds has been determined through the use of generally accepted equine practices. As with anything involving a living creature the policy is subjective due to the size, strength, age, training, back length etc. of each horse in combination with a specific rider and their ability to balance and stay posturally erect. We reserve the right for the instructors to use their discretion and experience in determining possible exceptions to this guideline.

Read our full eligibility requirements…

Individuals with the following disabilities commonly participate and benefit from equine facilitated therapy and activities:

  • Amputations
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism
  • Brain Injuries
  • Cardiovascular Accident/Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deafness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Visual Impairment

Contact Project ASTRIDE for more information or to apply!