Bonita Equestrian Therapy
2974 Equitation Lane Bonita, CA 91902
Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with disabilities in San Diego County. This recreational activity can improve coordination, muscular strength, motor skills, flexibility, and self-esteem, among other skills.
Mission Statement: Bonita Equestrian Therapy is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing therapeutic riding activities in a safe, effective and compassionate environment.
Bonita Equestrian Therapy for Heroes is honored to support OEF/OIF combat injured veterans including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder, in a 10-week therapeutic/recreational-riding program. Mounted sessions improve muscle tone, balance, coordination, and confidence. Sessions working with horses on the ground builds a direct connection with the horse, builds trust and communication, and provides an opportunity for emotional release, unconditional acceptance, and a sense of accomplishment.
“I feel that this kind of program offers me an opportunity that no hospital can provide. I wouldn’t change anything. I think the program is outstanding and I’m happy to come here every week” – Gene Smith, one of the first participants in the B.E.T.H program.
B.E.T.H. established in 1985, is a non-profit equestrian therapy program that serves the disabled community of San Diego County. The program offers low cost therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with physician-diagnosed challenges. B.E.T.H. is a recognized Member Center of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). As a part of NARHA, Bonita Equestrian is committed to following guidelines that ensure a safe, yet challenging experience for students at every level of horsemanship.
Since 2001, more than 1.9 million U.S. service members have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.
More than 35,000 service members have been physically wounded, and over 320,000 have sustained a traumatic brain injury.
San Diego County is home to more than 27,000 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom – the highest number of any county in the United States.