Our mission: to provide a caring & effective therapeutic riding program for Felton and San Lorenzo Valley Residents

LOARC aims to help young people as well as adults who the medical community views as having “special needs.” These needs may be the result of issues occurring as early as birth or they may come from an injury or accident suffered in the course of life – sometimes in service to our country.

Activities we offer: Grooming & tacking, ground work, therapeutic riding.

Disabilities served: ADD or other Hyperactivity Disorder, Amputee, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay or Disability, Down Syndrome, Genetic Conditions/Disorders, Head Trauma/Brain Injury, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disability, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Orthopedic, Speech Impairment, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Terminal Illness and Visual Impairment.

Our goal is to provide a caring program designed with individual needs in mind to effect positive change. We have seen the therapeutic results of working with horses and believe that our therapeutic riding program can help persons with these special needs meet personal goals – be it living more comfortably in the body they have, or improving their mobility or communication capabilities.

The founders of LOARC were not raised with horses but found, later in life, that these amazing animals can add countless joys as you get to know their caring nature. Our horses will help you achieve your goals for better health and wellbeing.

Please read about our therapeutic riding programs and make an appointment to visit us and see if we can be of service to you or others you know who need a recuperative touch.

About PATH Intl.

LOARC is proud to be a Member Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl). PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. PATH Intl. has more than 850 member centers and nearly 7,600 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 54,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) programs. For more information about PATH Intl., click here.

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)

When working with horses, participants are encouraged to draw conclusions and metaphors about how the experiences relate to their own lives. Participants learn from interacting with horses and the immediate, honest, observable, and physical feedback received in the process. Though this unique method of self-discovery, the development of confidence, empowerment, relationship skills, compassion, and independence can occur in a fun, non-threatening environment.

Equine Facilitated Learning is defined as a form of experiential education that includes equine(s). It may include, but is not limited to, a number of mutually beneficial equine activities such as handling, grooming, riding, driving and vaulting. EFL may be useful for people with psych-social issues and mental health needs that result in any significant variation in cognition, mood, judgment, insight, anxiety level, perception, social skills, communication, behavior or learning.


  • Learning about and practicing self-care
  • Reading and responding to body language
  • Sending accurate, authentic communication
  • Task completion
  • Following directions
  • Practicing healthy boundaries
  • Patience and frustration tolerance
  • Practicing teamwork
  • Leadership and assertiveness skills

EFL at LICHEN OAKS (contact us for more information)

  • After School program for ages 7-17
  • Couples’ workshops
  • Individual sessions
  • Groups for children, youth, and adults
  • Corporate events