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Carousel Ranch - Equestrian Therapy for Disabled Children
What's New...
Our hearts are filled with joy as we celebrate the culmination of making our
long-time vision of a covered arena, come to life!

In 2012, over 450 sessions were canceled due to heat or rain. A covered arena would make it possible for the ranch to serve children year-round despite inclement weather.

Learn more about how we raised the roof (literally) for the Carousel Ranch family of children, parents, staff and supporters.
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Carousel Ranch
34289 Rocking Horse Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91390-3482
661-268-8010

Equestrian Therapy for Disabled Children

Imagine a Teenage Girl confined to a wheelchair being lifted onto the back of a horse. For the first time in her life, she will know what it feels like to walk. Take a Blond-Haired Little Boy... who had a stroke before he was born and has limited use of his right arm and leg.
The movement of the horse causes an inherent response from the child, relaxing muscles that are tight, increasing tone in muscles that are weak
Watch him balance himself atop a chestnut mare. Could his hand be made strong enough, to hold the handlebars of a bicycle, or catch a ball, or clutch a crayon to draw a picture for his daddy? Carousel Ranch... is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing developmental therapeutic and recreational programs for disabled and disadvantaged children through horses. Established in July of 1997, this exciting concept in equestrian therapy combines vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) and therapeutic riding (both English and Western), resulting in an exceptional goal orientated program for special needs children.

The goals and benefits are different for every child, depending on their individual needs. The movement of the horse causes an inherent response from the child, relaxing muscles that are tight, increasing tone in muscles that are weak, building balance, coordination and control, which in turn enables children to use hands and arms, sit, stand and walk.