Equest Special Riders Inc.
Instruction for physically and mentally challenged horseback riders since 1982

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Tacoma, Washington .
Equest Special Riders Inc. is a non-profit organization of trained volunteers who provide therapeutic-recreational horseback riding and instruction for persons left physically or mentally dysfunctional through irregularites of birth, high fevers, disease or trauma from an accident.    A few students are adults; the greatest majority of the Special Riders are children.  Children, who might never have walked, enjoy a chance to experience the exhilaration of moving freely, mounted atop a horse.  While riders are involved in specialized games designed to improve coordination, the horse's gait massages their leg muscles.  You need only watch one session to realize how much riding impacts the self-confidence and well being of the students.  

Equest is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PATH.  Our riding instructor is PATH Certified
Equest Special Riders, Inc. is a registered nonprofit corporation with tax-exempt status under Section 501(C)(3) of the IRS Tax Code.   All monetary or in-kind Donations are tax deductible.  Our tax ID number is 91-1220703
Thank you for your support!
click to go to PATH site
​Dear Parents, Riders, Volunteers, Family and Friends,

Like many of you, the Covid-19 quarantine has hit Equest hard. Currently we are financially stable for the next few months; however, if the quarantine is not lifted in the next few months, we may not be able to meet our financial obligations after that.  

We rely on rider fees from our classes, our yearly Fundraiser Dessert and Auction, the proceeds from the Morgan Horse Shows and donations to operate. Our classes have been cancelled with no known date to reopen and the May Morgan Horse Show has been cancelled as well.

We lose around $200 for each day we do not hold classes and around $3,500 for the Morgan Show. We are currently postponing the Dessert and Auction until a further date when this Covid-19 quarantine is lifted but it is uncertain when that will be.

Below is a basic list of our Monthly spending:

Board:  $515 per horse x 4 = $2,060  

Arena Fee:  $400

$35 per bag of Enrich Plus x 2 = $70
$14.00/5 lb. bag of Crushed Redmond Rock Salt
$30.48/28 day supply of SmartComfort for Charlie
$5/month ($40.00/ 8 months of 32oz. bag) Mare Magic for Bobbi

Prescription Meds for Charlie:
$98/2 months of Equioxx = $49/month
$337/160 count of Prascend = $63.22/month

Visits are typically every 6 weeks.
$50 per trim
$90 per set of front shoes

Currently we are only doing trims at $200 per month but with the trail season here, we may need to do shoes on 1-2 of our horses to prevent damage to their hooves.

You may notice that there are no costs for wages. We are a 100% volunteer organization and have no paid employees.

Here are some ways you can help:

1.Make a monetary donation. Click the donation button above. We also accept checks which can be mailed to: PO Box 5391 Spanaway, WA 98387

2.Create a fundraising page on Facebook with Equest Special Riders being the beneficiary.

3.Sponsor a horse for a month for $515 per month. Go to our webpage, make a donation and then send us an email at Equestspecialriders@yahoo.com, on which horse you would like to sponsor. We will put up a special sign with your name stating you are sponsoring said horse.

4.Make a donation to go towards the feed cost. If you would rather buy the necessary item, let us know so that we can confirm what is needed and to schedule a drop off time.

All donations are welcome from a few dollars to sponsoring a horse. 

We thank you so much!
Equest Special Riders Inc.