Mission Statement: 

Partners in Equestrian Therapy is dedicated to providing a superior therapeutic riding program for children and adults with disabilities through a team of certified instructors, trained staff, enthusiastic volunteers and gentle and willing horses. PET provides a safe and nurturing environment, encouraging individuals with special needs to improve their cognitive, physical and psychological abilities.


Partners in Equestrian therapy (P.E.T.) is a unique riding program located in Atascadero, California for children and adults with special needs.  The P.E.T. program provides the student with the opportunity to increase physical skills, confidence and self esteem through equestrian therapy (therapeutic horse back riding).


In 2013, we started Veterans in Equestrian Therapy (VET) a specialty programs for US Veterans who have sustained injuries or suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of their service. In collaboration with the Roy and Ida Eagle Foundation, Madonna Inn and the Veterans Outreach we provide an annual riding event for veterans. We also provide private lessons  for veterans and their families at our Rancho del Rio location.


P.E.T. currently runs lessons, both group and individual, each week on Tuesday and Saturday.  Appointments can also be made to accommodate special occasions or events. Each lesson includes  arena riding and/or trail riding; hands on experience with horse tack, grooming for our hour long lessons.

We offer half hour lessons for $25, hour lessons for $50.


What is PATH Intl.?

PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 850 member centers and nearly 7,600 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 54,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs.





A true gem, hidden in the hills of Atascadero, Rancho Del Rio is one of the Central Coast’s nicest boarding and training facilities. Rancho Del Rio is centrally located between Los Angeles and San Fransisco in Atascadero, California (just north of San Luis Obispo).


It offers a unique riding experience, located close to the Cal Poly SLO campus, show facilities of all disciplines, access to trails, and only a short drive from the horse-friendly beaches of the Pacific ocean.


Rancho Del Rio is owned and operated by Cynthia Nacey. She has worked hard to design her facility to be user friendly not only for trainers, but also her clients. Rancho Del Rio offers the finest in care and comfort for horse and rider.