Horse Care For People with Special Needs

SERT offers a limited number of openings for Equine Care Activities that include grooming, preparing supplements, maintaining stalls and how to safely interact with a horse. This program is designed to provide therapeutic activities for people with special needs. Participants will become members of our volunteer team who care for our retired horses.


To comply with proper COVID-19 safeguards, these activities are limited. Also, all of our volunteers use proper protective equipment and appropriate sanitizing procedures.


If you are interested in these activities for a person with special needs who would like to help care for these wonderful animals, please fill out our contact form.

About SERT

Located in Moorpark, CA. Special Equestrian Riding Therapy (SERT) was founded in 1987 by a group of concerned individuals and parents of children with disabilities. They were seeking a way to improve the quality of their children's lives using horses. Horsemanship provided riders with the opportunity to practice skills that they needed to face fears, communicate feelings, and access strengths. Riders with special needs and families who spent time with us said that being involved with SERT was something special in their lives.


It has been a privilege to provide this experience to as many children as possible over the past 33 years. It has also been our honor to provide a safe, caring, and lasting home for the 34 therapy horses that have made the SERT program possible.


Going forward, SERT will now be the retirement home for the last of the therapy horses that served the children of the special needs community. The SERT horses have worked tirelessly over the years and the volunteers of SERT want to ensure that each of these horses can live out their remaining years with the comfort and dignity they have earned. 

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You can help. To make a donation, please click on the Donation button below. You will be redirected to PayPal where your can make a donation online via credit card or PayPal.

SERT is a 501(3)(c) organization.

Become a SERT Volunteer

You can become a volunteer. SERT’s volunteers help care for the horses, exhibit never-ending support and enthusiasm, and help in numerous other activities. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and share the joy that comes from giving of oneself. Some have prior experience with horses, but that is not a prerequisite to helping in the program. Please note: Our horses are retired and riding them is not part of volunteering.

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