Welcome to North Country RIDE!
North Country RIDE offers horse-facilitated activities for children and adults who are challenged by a wide variety of special needs. These include physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral issues. NCR was started in 1982 to provide services to individuals throughout Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.
Clients with a large degree and variety of special needs have participated in North Country R.I.D.E. programs, including those with:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Disabilities
- Sensory Integration Dysfunction
North Country R.I.D.E.'s mission is to promote personal growth and development through equine assisted therapeutic, educational, and recreational activities.
We are located in Esko, MN, 20 miles southwest of Duluth, MN. North Country R.I.D.E. owns 30 acres of land with a 69'x136' arena for indoor lessons, a 100'x200' outdoor arena, and a new client services & administration building.
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Our riding season runs from April through October. There are no regularly scheduled office hours during the off season. Our email and phone messages are checked on a regular basis.
If you have a question for one of our program staff, please leave us a message at (218) 879-7608 or email us at email@example.com
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Therapeutic horseback riding helps clients with varying abilities develop self-awareness, build self-confidence, self-esteem, and improve concentration. Through horseback riding activities, riders can strengthen or relax muscles, and improve posture, core strength and balance. These activities also help increase coordination and joint mobility.
--My autistic son has been in one form of therapy or another since he was 5 years old, so when I told him we were going to start something new he was less than thrilled. From the moment we arrived at North Country RIDE and he saw other kids on the horses he had a smile on his face. To my surprise he was not afraid… he was excited and wanted to participate! Therapeutic riding has been a wonderful addition to his therapy plan. He always wants to know when he is going back.
"Mom to a wonderful kid" - Duluth, MN
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