Children and adults with mental or physical disabilities can gain growth, independence and improved quality of life just after riding a horse under the guidance of Saddle Pals. Jane DeZell is Director of the therapeutic riding center in Grass Valley which is a certified provider of therapeutic horsemanship to children and adults.
Saddle Pals relies on donations and a host of volunteers, many who trailer in their own horses to operate the program. Volunteer, J.D. Salyer says one of his most rewarding students is Ian, an Autistic child who came to saddle Pals when he was 4 years old.
On Saturday October 13th Saddle Pals will host the fourth annual Pumpkins and Ponies open house including equine demonstrations and lots of events for children, including a costume contest. Saddle Pals is located at the Blue Fountain Farm 17761 Grizzly Bear drive, off McCourtney road.