Our mission: to provide a caring & effective therapeutic riding program to the special needs community in the Santa Cruz region.

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.  The owners and founders of LOARC are followers of Jesus Christ.

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.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center is committed to the rights and interests of all staff, volunteers and clients. In that regard, LOARC believes that individuals should be hired, employed, promoted, and if necessary, terminated based solely on their competence and qualifications to perform their designated duties, and not on the basis of their gender, race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, age, marital status/family structure (including same sex unions or domestic partnerships), disability, sexual orientation, or any basis prohibited by law.