River Valley Riders is dedicated to creating a supportive community where people with special needs connect with horses and experience life-changing benefits.  Our equine-assisted services include therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving and hippotherapy. Our program helps participants gain self-confidence and self-esteem, build strength, improve balance and hand-eye coordination, while forming meaningful relationships.


The 2023 lesson season is completed. 

For more information about 2024 lessons, please email us or call 651-439-2558.

Due to safety concerns for the rider/driver and following PATH Intl. recommendations, the minimum age to participate is 4 years old.



RVR will not be providing individually-assigned helmets for each rider.  We will have a pool of helmets that will be shared by participants.  As an alternative, riders may purchase their own helmet.  All helmets are required to be ASTM/SEI approved for equestrian use and no more than 5 years old.  NO BIKE HELMETS.

Suggestions for purchasing personal helmets.

St. Croix Saddlery
310 Stillwater Road
Willernie, MN 55090

Their experienced staff will help ensure correct style and sizing. The Ovation Schooler style is a popular helmet with a wide range of sizes and colors. $69.99 and up. St. Croix Saddlery will provide a 10% discount upon request (limit to 1 item per month).

Fleet Farm
In the Equine section of the store, Fleet Farm has a limited selection of Troxel helmets. We recommend the Spirit or the Rebel because they are adjustable for the best fit. $64.95-$83.95. Based on our experience, we suggest avoiding the Sport or Liberty models.
Before going to store to try on, watch this video to help in fitting:
For more information:

Document when you purchase/first use the helmet as is can be used for 5 years. Without documentation of purchase/first use, the manufacture date of the helmet (on a label inside the helmet) will be used.


Scholarship Program

RVR offers partial scholarships in an effort to make equine-assisted services more affordable for participants who would benefit from the program.  Scholarships are based on financial need.  For more information and the Scholarship Application.