Therapeutic Riding classes are offered at our new facility at 5121 Staley Road in Fort Myers, Florida. Classes are offered four days a week. The class days are: Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (3p.m. to 6p.m.) and Wednesday and Saturday morning (9a.m. to 12 noon). The sessions last for six weeks, with each participant riding once a week. The classes continue year-round, except for the month of August,

Anyone interested in riding instruction with Special Equestrians must complete a rider's packet. The packet includes information forms, emergency medical

treatment forms, and medical evaluation forms. Before a rider begins the program, the prospective client is evaluated by our riding instructor.

Our Class Schedule and Rider Packet & Handbook can be downloaded here:

Special Equestrian Therapeutic Riding

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Our Spirit Riders Drill Team was formed in 2011 by PATH, Intl. certified instructors, Justin Parchem and Amy Oxendine.  Acceptance into the Spirit Riders usually comes from within our present riders who are ready for a challenging lesson as an independent rider.  There are 4-6 members of the drill team who all ride Special Equestrians' program horses that have been donated to the program by people in our community. The drill team practices once a week and this is considered their therapeutic riding class at Special Equestrians.

Special Equestrian Spirit Riders Drill Team

Special Partners is one of Special Equestrians’ outreach programs in which our therapy horses and outreach team make visits to local agencies, schools and community groups. During these visits, Special Partners facilitates the well-being of children and adults with special needs who can benefit from the human-animal bond.

The visit will last for approximately one hour and can be structured to include one or more of the following:

  • Meet and Greet our Special Partners horses – pet and brush a Special Partners horse
  • Learning about Horses - 4 learning stations (horses, grooming, feed, equipment)
  • Special Partners Literacy Program –
    read to a Special Partners horse

Special Partners

The Spirit Riders Drill Team is made up of the most advanced riders from Special Equestrians and they have performed at many events around the state of Florida including the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater  in Orlando, The Seminole Indian Casino Annual Balloons over Paradise event in Immokalee, and the Cracker Day Rodeo in North Fort Myers, Florida. The team has also competed in qualifying rides in Sarasota and North Fort Myers, Florida for the Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association. The team won first place in the youth division.

Our Spirit Riders Drill Team

The Special Partners program is designed to educate and provide human-animal contact for children and adults which can result in benefits such as:  empathy building, outward focus, nurturing skills, rapport building, acceptance, entertainment, socialization, mental stimulation, physical contact and touch, and physiological benefits. Bringing a trained horse to meet with participants, is meant to facilitate growth in these areas as a natural source of healing in our community.

Our Special Partners horses and handlers are registered members of Pet Partners, which upholds standards of professionalism in the field of animal-assisted activities.  Each Special Partners horse and handler team has been certified by the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program.

The places we have been and the people we have met...

  • Lighthouse of SWFL
  • LARC
  • Goodwill Trailways Camp
  • Eden School
  • Tanglewood Elementary
  • Impact for Developmental Education
  • Diplomat Elementary
  • Patriot Elementary
  • LCEC Tunes & Taste Buds
  • Pinewoods Elementary
  • Buckingham Exceptional Student Center
  • Artful Gardens
  • Lily Academy
  • River Hall Elementary
  • Goodwill Pathways to Opportunity
  • Buckingham Community Day
  • Camp United
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