About Us


The mission of Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy is to provide both riding therapy to special needs children and also provide rehabilitative therapy to enhance the recovery of breast cancer survivors from the physical and emotional effects of the disease and its treatment.                             

Physical contact with the horse, the horse's non-judgmental nature and its rhythmic movement combined with the rhythm of music and a caring, patient guide can restore confidence and an appreciation of oneself. This applies to both children and adults. The therapy applies both to physical and emotional imbalances and is also appropriate for grief therapy after loss of a loved one or trauma, whether it be brain injury or personal tragedy.

epuisecopyright250Dream Rider -  A Breast Cancer Survivor Outreach Rehabilitation Program

Dream Rider is a new outreach rehabilitation program for post-treatment breast cancer survivors located in Alpine near Viejas Mountain. It does not involve horse-riding lessons and no horse experience is necessary to participate. Using human to horse skin to skin contact and the three-dimensional movement of the horse, the client is led through a gradual progression of exercises designed to meet the client's energy level, starting with merely mounting and lying upon the horse.

Sessions are conducted by Catherine Hand, herself a breast cancer survivor and certified NARHA advanced instructor for cognitive and physical disabilities, and aided by trained volunteers and licensed occupational therapists. For more information, please click here to contact Catherine.
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