Equest Special Riders Inc.
Instruction for physically and mentally challenged horseback riders since 1982

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Tacoma, Washington .
About About our Program
Our current sessions are full and we are unable to accept any more riders at this time.    If you are interested please request a registration packet so that you may be put on a waiting list.    We will draw from that list as suitable openings come available.

Scheduling
Equest offers 2-month sessions.   Class is held once a week during the 2 months with 45 minutes of riding time.    The total class time is around one hour.  Riders interact with their equine partners, grooming, leading and etc. when they are not riding.

               Days and hours of classes:   
                         Thursday  6:00PM to 8:00PM
                          Saturday  10:00AM to noon
   
Riders must come every week.   We depend on our income to keep our program running and cannot afford scheduled down time  when there are many riders out there who would use that time. 

Acceptance of Riders into Program
All riders must have a completed, signed and dated a registration packet, including basic information, a Liability Release(s), Media Release, Form for Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment and physician signed Medical Release form on file in the Equest Special Riders office prior to participating in any aspect of the program.  In addition, any rider prone to seizures must have a Rider's Release form signed.   All forms must be updated annually or more often as requested by the instructor.

Any participant with Down Syndrome must have had an x-ray within the last year clearing them of Atlantoaxial Instability

Riders at Equest Special Riders shall have no history of inappropriate behavior with fire or any tendencies or history of abuse or violence directed toward other people or animals.

Riders must have moderate trunk or head control and be able to sit up with little or no assistance.   Riders over the weight of 75 lbs must be able to sit up on a horse and balance themselves by holding on a safety strap with on hand.

Riders must be of a height and weight that can be accommodated by the program's horses.  

Cost
Equest offers classes at a nominal cost to the riders.  We offer one-hour lessons at a cost of $35.00.  We ask that payment for the entire session be made at the time classes are scheduled.  If that creates an economic problem we will do our best to accommodate you.  No refunds will be given for classes that the rider is unable to attend.  Refunds will be given for classes cancelled by Equest.  Limited scholarships are available to those who cannot afford to pay.  The fees we receive from the students do not cover the entire cost of the program.  For the remainder of the costs we rely on donations such as those we receive from the Key Classic Morgan Horse Show​, Boeing Good Neighbors, The United Way, etc.  Other funds come from individuals and ongoing Equest fundraising events.  With the exception of our instructors who are paid, we are entirely a volunteer organization.