Berrien County MSU Extension
349 W. Elm Valley Rd.
Galien, MI 49113
(269) 362-0485

History

History & About our Program
 
We Can Ride 4-H Club was organized in 1979 to offer therapeutic/recreational horseback riding lessons for the disabled. Our club was the first 4-H program in Michigan to win accreditation from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), formerly KNOWN as North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc.(NARHA)
 
Over the years we have served both riders from Berrien and Cass Counties.
Today, the program serves approximately 30 students during the year ranging in age from five to 26 years old. They come to us from various special education and "mainstream" programs.
 
Mission Statement:
The mission of the We Can Ride 4-H Club is to enhance the lives of youth with disabilities in Berrien County through educational activities related to horses.
 
This is something we do during the summer from May through mid August. We meet once a week, on Wednesday nights, to work with our members. They learn the basics about horses in Stable Management, then with some help they learn how to tack and groom their horse, ride, and in Showmanship the learn to lead and show a horse safely from the ground.
 
What makes this such a special program is that we have volunteers not only in the human form, but also in the equine (horse) form. Our members do not have to own their own horses, they are privileged enough to be able to learn all this without even owning a horse or pony.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 With my horse I see a different world. And the world sees a different me!
 
My volunteers are good at helping  
me to learn how to ride my      
(volunteer) horse, it is so much   
Fun!     Thank You!