COME RIDE WITH US 
AT SADDLE SORE

Therapeutic Riding * Riding Lessons 
Boarding * Conditioning * Transport

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Great day for lessons

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Show Team 2022 -  a very windy start
Show Team 2022 - a very windy start

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Show Team 2017

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Great day for lessons

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ABOUT US

Located in San Tan Valley, Saddle Sore  LLC [formerly Saddle Sore Ranch] is a family owned equine facility operated by Mindy Shreeve beginning in 2013. Services provided include therapeutic riding, horseback riding lessons as well as equine boarding, conditioning, and equine transport to surrounding states. As owner and director, Mindy holds a Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation through the Parks and Recreation Management Program at Arizona State University and has been a PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor since 2012. In the summer of 2019 the facility became Saddle Sore LLC.

Therapeutic riding is the core of the programming at Saddle Sore and its goals include working positively towards promoting the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of all individuals.

It is our mission to provide a fun, safe and exciting place to learn the key fundamentals of working with horses. Our staff and volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who believe in the mission, vision, values and commitment that Saddle Sore makes to all its riders and clients. 

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PROGRAMS

At Saddle Sore LLC we are pleased to offer ~

  • THERAPEUTIC RIDING 

30 minutes  and up : $40-$90

PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Therapeutic Riding is an equine-assisted therapy activity. The goal of Therapeutic Riding is to work positively to promote the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of children and adults with special needs. 

  • RIDING LESSONS

30 minutes and up : $40-$90

We believe that the bond between horse & rider is essential for success. Riders will learn proper tacking/ grooming, horsemanship, mounting/ dismounting, balance/ control, stopping, steering and more as a part of gaining knowledge about horses as they learn how to become skilled riders as they participate in both mounted and unmounted activities.

  • COMPETITION PREPARATION & TRAINING

Duration varies : Price varies​

We want all of our riders to be rewarded for their hard work! Riders work on the many different skills needed to prepare for monthly competitions. ​

Scroll down to see the Other Services we are able to offer at Saddle Sore.

 

WE ARE PROUD OF OUR EXPANSION

2022 has been the year of our greatest growth yet here at Saddle Sore. We are proud to be partnering with our qualified staff and community partners to expand our services to better fulfill our mission to promote the benefits of learning the fundamentals of working with horses to all we serve.

SADDLE SORE AT CIRCLE C

Location: Apache Junction

Circle C Riding Academy and Saddle Sore are excited to announce Saddle Sore at Circle C. The staff of both locations are excited for this merger in lesson management that will allow us to collaborate and contribute expertise and curricula to provide clients with lessons in a fun, safe and rewarding way. Therapeutic Riding and typical Beginner-Intermediate Riding Lessons along with Competition Prep are offered at this location and are ESA compatible.

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PARTNERSHIP WITH PINAL COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE

Location: San Tan Valley

Saddle Sore has teamed up with Sheriff Lamb and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office  to offer Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) for the Junvenile Redirection Program in Pinal County. Our EAT programming is designed to provide a safe and positive space where participants can focus on empathy, confidence, self-efficacy, assertiveness, emotional regulation, trust in others, social skills and behavioral/ emotional functioning.

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ADAPTIVE FITNESS CLASS

Location: San Tan Valley

Added this past Spring, our Adaptive Fitness class at Saddle Sore provides us the opportunity to get our clients up and moving. Monthly unit activities target gross motor skills, basic strength and coordination, balance, self-assurance, self-awareness and much more all while having fun and learning basic fitness. Sessions are ESA compatible and guided by one of our staff who is also a certified personal trainer.

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OUR HERD

ODIE

Odie is the founding member of our herd. She began as a working cow horse, then transitioned to lessons with kids for Therapeutic Riding in 2005. Odie is sweet, loving, caring and very motherly to her riders. She retired lesson work at Saddle Sore at the end of 2017, but continues to supervise and keep our herd successful. Odie is the loving and constant reminder of what we strive to achieve and why.

Breed: AQHA

Color: Bay

Sex: Mare

Size: 15 hands

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SHORTY

Shorty was trained in cutting cattle and western riding, but he enjoys a long winding trail ride the best. Funny, playful and loving - Shorty is easy to ride and loves working with kids of all ages.

Breed: AQHA

Color: Bay

Sex: Gelding

Size: 15 hands

RHYTHM

Rhythm is patient, confident and trustworthy with a very smooth gait. She was a trail horse before becoming a professional therapy horse. Rhythm always puts her riders at ease.

Breed: APHA

Color: Overo

Sex: Mare

Size: 15.2 hands

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FANCY AKA FANCY FACE

Fancy is experienced in trail riding and working a parade with style. She joined the program at Saddle Sore Ranch as a therapy horse in 2018. Fancy always carries her riders with confidence and beauty.

Breed: American Paint Horse

Color: Overo

Sex: Mare

Size: 15 hands

POWDER

Powder is named for her coloring a classic dusty, powdered look. She aims to please and does her best with each and every rider she carries. Powder enjoys lazy days, a good roll in the dust or mud when she can get it.

Breed: Appaloosa

Color: Black

Sex: Mare

Size: 14.3 hands

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TRIXY

Trixy is energetic, outgoing and outspoken but lovable all the same. She is smart, reflective of the rider she carries and adaptable. Trixy loves to play in her water trough, with the hose and many a volunteer has received a soaking from this big loving girl.

Breed: American Paint Horse

Color: Tobiano

Sex: Mare

Size: 16.1 hands

BIG MAC

One of the newest additions to our herd, Big Mac is a whole lot of love in a small package. He loves to be groomed, especially by our littelest client. Big Mac likes long walks with the occasional run beside his handler thrown in, just to stay fit.

Breed: Miniature Horse

Color: Blue Roan

Sex: Gelding

Size: 32 inches

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BO JANGLES

One of the younger members of our herd, this svelte young man is learning the ropes of working with clients at Saddle Sore Ranch. He loves a good, lengthy grooming session and run around the arena. Bo keeps our riders on their toes and smiling.

Breed: American Paint Pony

Color: Tobiano

Sex: Gelding

Size: 13.2 hands

 

OTHER SERVICES

In addition to the Programs mentioned above, Saddle Sore LLC also offers the following services.
Please contact us for details and pricing.

BOARDING

CONDITIONING

TRANSPORT

 

VOLUNTEERS

Always welcome & appreciated

MUST BE 14 YEARS OLD
OR OLDER

NO PREVIOUS HORSE
OR RANCH EXPERIENCE NEEDED

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“There's something about the outside of
a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

Inspiration

Winston Churchill

 

CONTACT ME

Get in touch today to schedule any of the services we provide at Saddle Sore for either of our locations. Please designate which location and type of service you are interested in.
~ Thank you for your consideration

San Tan Valley Location:

7214 E Arizona Farms Rd in San Tan Valley AZ  85143


Apache Junction Location:

Saddle Sore at Circle C

971 E. Ranch Rd in Apache Junction AZ 85119

(480) 436-0743

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