Veteran program

Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program provides equine assisted activities to veterans and active duty service members in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon who are seeking to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

RFJ collaborates with local veterans’ organizations to provide services to those who have served our country.  With the use of horses, certified instructors and trained volunteers help riders learn and improve life-skills.  Benefits include increased strength and endurance, decreased anxiety, increased confidence, improved anger management skills, decreased stress levels, and re-integration into the community.

Veterans are grouped by experience and begin by learning to observe and understand equine behavior.  Participants are then taught to brush and tack their equine partner, followed by beginning riding skills.  Individuals who continue to participate will move through a progression of riding skills while maintaining foundational knowledge.  

Lessons may last between 45 to 90 minutes and occur one time per week for an eight week session. The cost is $80 per session (subject to change).  Limited scholarship funds could be available after completion of the Scholarship Form

To sign up for the Veteran Program, please complete the New Student Application and include a DD 214 copy.  Email to, fax to 1 208 550-3208, or mail to 28379 El Paso Rd. Caldwell, ID 83607.

An evaluation may be requested prior to participation to ensure the program is an appropriate fit.

Returning veterans will need to complete a Returning Veteran Application yearly.

Have any questions? You may contact Program Manager, Heather Miner, at

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