COVID-19 Virus Program Update: Beginning to Re-open to all riders and patients
We hope you are safe and well in these difficult times. We wanted to give you an update on our current operating status and how that affects our riders, patients and volunteers as the full impact of the Covid-19 vaccine ripples through the world economy.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose many challenges for our riding and Therapy Services programs and has led to many, many changes everywhere and at Ride On too. All of our lesson and treatment session operations ceased on March 12, 2020. Our resolve at the outset of Covid-19 was to ensure the heart of Ride On – our staff, horses, ranches and volunteers - would all be here at the end of Covid so we could continue. Well, here we are!
Before the pandemic, Ride On served about 240 individuals with disabilities. Many require close assistance which, in the age of social distancing, was simply not safe for riders or volunteers. As we began to craft reopening plans we divided our riders in to six groups, Phase 1 - 6. For much of the pandemic we were able to offer lessons to those in Phases 1 -3, riders that are completely independent and need little to no physical assistance from their instructor or volunteers therefore ensuring that we are complying with social distancing requirements.
Phases 4, 5 and 6 were much more challenging: All require close, constant volunteer assistance. We are thrilled to announce we are beginning the process of re-opening to serve these riders. Vaccinations have changed the game. Now that (as of 5/21) 61+% of those over 16 are at least partially vaccinated we can begin to build back to where we were. On May 22 we will begin to re-orient our volunteers to our Covid-19 procedures and ask them to, once again, volunteer their time to help our riders. It will take some time to build back up to our prior capacity but we are committed to serve those we were serving – and more – as soon as we can safely do so.
As we continue to move through the phases we will continue to be directed by facts and figures provided by the CDC, State and County officials. Adaptive riding poses a mix of positive and negative risk factors: we are outside and horseback riding is naturally socially distant (both good) but we require a lot of personal contact to keep everything safe (a negative during a pandemic).
With vaccines, we can begin to bring volunteers back so we can serve those, arguably, most in need. There is a lot of work ahead but we couldn’t be happier!
Please click here to read our Volunteer Phasing Plan.
Ride On teaches adaptive horseback riding to children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. We also provide physical and occupational therapy, specializing in using the movement of the horse to improve specific medical conditions. Ride On Celebrates 25 Years of Service, Their Time To Ride
What We Do
Founded in 1994, Ride On has given over 117,000 safe, effective and individualized lessons and therapy treatments and currently serves 225 individuals each week. Ride On teaches adaptive horseback riding to children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and we provide physical and occupational therapy specializing in using the movement of the horse to improve specific medical conditions. Ride On is the only nationally accredited program offering Physical and Occupational Therapy in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. We operate in two locations: serving the Conejo Valley, our 13-acre Newbury Park site is operated in partnership with the Conejo Recreation and Park District while in the San Fernando Valley, our Chatsworth location is home to our 3-acre ranch.About Us