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Our end-of-summer trail ride provides a sense of freedom with a breathtaking view of the valley.
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Riding out the pandemic with small class sizes and a few dedicated volunteers.
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Some riders progress to riding independently, and learn how to communicate with their horse.
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Our volunteers assure rider safety as well as having fun while learning to ride.
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Westwind Riding Institute began its program in 1978 with two horses, and a pony.

Welcome to the Westwind Riding Institute program!

For over 40 years, Westwind Riding Institute (formerly Westwind 4-H) has given children with disabilities the opportunity to have fun while improving their coordination and balance, strengthening their muscles—and building their confidence. Kids get to play games while on the horses and enjoy special events such as our summer trail ride and Halloween horseback trick-or-treating. Whether you want to sign up your child (age 5–19) as a rider, or volunteer your own time, we look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of the Westwind Riding Institute program. They care for our horses and ponies, and guide them during lessons. No previous experience is necessary—just an interest in horses and children, and a desire to help.

Donate

Westwind Riding Institute is supported solely by tax-deductible gifts from interested individuals and organizations. Please donate today so we can continue to offer the proven benefits of horseback riding to children with disabilities.

Winter 2021 Schedule

Due to COVID-19, we are currently operating the WRI riding program on a very limited basis. 

We hope that we will be able to welcome new and returning riders and volunteers by the Summer or Fall sessions. Keep checking our website for updates!

For inquiries, call (650) 947-8680 and leave a message, or email us.