The P.E.T. program provides the student with the opportunity to increase physical skills, confidence and self esteem through equine assisted activities (therapeutic horse back riding).

PET's program is based on the methodology and certificates offered through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). The PATH Intl. program promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.


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.

Special Needs who may benefit from equine assisted activities may encompass physical disabilities; learning, cognitive, emotional/behavioral, language, and sensory impairments, hypertonic and hypotonic disabilities, joint related abnormalities and autoimmune disorders.

Lessons - Group & Private


P.E.T. currently runs lessons, both group and individual, each week on Tuesday and Saturday.  Appointments can also be made to accommodate special circumstances.


Each lesson will incorporate a warm up exercise, a riding skill, a game or activity, or cool down trail ride.  An hour long lesson will include hands on experience with horse grooming and tacking up.


Hour Lessons: $50 per rider

Half-Hour Lessons: $25 per rider

*Important: New rider's require a medical release and must meet program criteria to be considered.

Please print and fill out the following forms,

prior to your first lesson:


Return completed forms to:

Partners in Equestrian Therapy 

P.O. Box 5253 

San Luis Obispo, CA