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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Facebook, Twitter, and Text Messages, Oh My!

You might have noticed that We Can Ride is now on Facebook and Twitter! If you haven't noticed, you can see the updates listed on the right side of the We Can Ride homepage ( Facebook and Twitter are household names lately and if you aren't familiar yet, now's a great time to find out all about Social Networking!

In plain English: Facebook and Twitter allows We Can Ride to reach out to more people all over the world and keep them informed on what's going on with our organization easily and seamlessly!

So what does this mean for you? Simply put, if you want up to the minute notifications of what's going on with We Can Ride, you can sign up for Twitter or Facebook AND get those updates sent directly to your Cell Phone (via text message). Don't worry though, if you don't want to sign up or don't have a cell phone plan that includes text messaging, we won't be posting VITAL information to just these outlets. Class cancellations and things of that sort will still go out via our normal methods (phone calls and emails). These Social Networking sites will just give you a little faster heads up and maybe a little bit of exciting trivia that you might not know about WCR (did you know today is Dreamer's birthday)! WCR will frequently posts last minute requests like "we need substitute sidewalkers!" to Facebook and Twitter. If you get these updates on your phone you'll be able to help out no matter where you happen to be at the time!

Okay sign me up: First thing's first, all updates that go to Facebook also go to Twitter so feel free to sign up for one or the other, or try them both and decide which you like! You can sign up for a Twitter account here: and Facebook is located here:

If you sign up for Twitter you can get We Can Ride updates via SMS by texting "follow wecanride" to your local code (40404 in the US, regular texting rates apply).

If you sign up for Facebook you can follow We Can Ride by going here: and if you want to get Facebook updates on your phone there are instructions listed on the Facebook Mobile page.

And that's about all there is to it! We look forward to having you participate!

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Friday, May 15, 2009

From Our Riders

Hannah, from my Thursday evening class, wrote this essay for school starring Zip and we thought it would be wonderful for everyone to be able to read it.


By Hannah

We Can Ride farm is a program for special needs. They ride on horses a lot. I love horses a lot, because it is my favorite animal. Zip is a very good horse to ride. They each have a stable to stay. There are a lot of people there. They take care of the horses. They can ride on them. Horses eat a lot everyday. I go every Thursday night. Zip is my horse every night. I am happy to ride on a horse. I want to have a horse as a pet


Monday, April 6, 2009

Horse Tack Sale Fund Raiser

For the past few years and now this year, We Can Ride has held an annual Tack Sale Fundraiser. All of the tack in the sale has been donated by supporters of We Can Ride and all the proceeds from the sale go to support We Can Ride's Equine Assisted Therapies.

I've been to a few of the tack sales around Minnesota and I have to say, the We Can Ride Tack Sale may be small but it's packed with great stuff! The best part about the sale is that the items are not consigned, we set our own prices and the total price goes to our program! I almost always come up with an excuse to buy new tack for my horses. If you don't have horses our tack sale has horse themed apparel as well. Maybe you'd like a nice cowboy or cowgirl hat or a belt to wear to your next equine function!

Tell all your friends about our sale, print off a flier and put it up at your barn, and show up on Saturday morning at 9am! Check out our tack sale page for all the information:

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Monday, February 23, 2009

We Can Ride Hosts MN State NARHA Conference

Saturday We Can Ride hosted the 2009 MN State NARHA Conference at the U of MN Leatherdale Equine Center. While it was a small conference this year, it was packed with great information. Attendants began the afternoon with a private tour of the University's Equine Center which showed off the facility's top of the line equipment, much of which is limited to very few locations in the nation.

Following the tour, We Can Ride Instructor/Therapist, Tina Phelps, presented the group some thoughts on Risk Assessment for both in the barn/arena and for life in general.

We ended the afternoon with a presentation by Therapists Doug Merz and Kathy Simcox on the Practical Application of Hippotherapy on the Neurologically Impaired. This final presentation included a practical demonstration in the arena with horses and riders.

Overall the conference was a success and provided instructors with some continuing education hours as well as a look at the new equine center. Now that the winter is coming to a close (can you believe that) it's nice to get back in gear and start thinking about equine assisted activities again. We hope to have a State Conference in the future so keep an eye out for news on the next one!

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Fun class activity!
Asked each rider to draw their horse, how awesome are these?:


Friday, February 6, 2009

Treat Yourself and Support Therapeutic Riding and We Can Ride

A Glamorous Night, A Good Cause! Come taste gourmet appetizers, mouthwatering entrees and desserts prepared by over 40 Minnesota chefs. Take a stroll around the silent auction tables and bid on meal certificates, creative baskets, artwork, and jewelry (to name a few!). Sit with friends, and meet new ones at a 5-course meal prepared just for you! Hang on to your hats—a live auction featuring fine wines, a Kentucky Horse Park vacation, and dining experiences hosted by executive Chef John T. Riley himself will take your breath away. And the best part: all proceeds support We Can Ride! Get more information at and reserve your tickets today!


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