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Sam and Socks Riding School
a Non Profit Program

your donations help support our programs

About Us

Sam and Socks is the story of a true friendship between Samantha and her pony Socks. Their incredible friendship began years ago. Sam who is visually and learning disabled met Socks at a local riding school. Samantha, unsure of the world she was living in and Socks untrusting and often naughty,  bonded instantly!  Socks became her gateway to a  better world and Samantha taught Socks to trust. 


This is the human/horse connection truly demonstrated. The Sam & Socks team would love to help create this kind of friendship, build confidence, trust, communication skills, and fun for children and adults of all abilities.


We offer  private/group riding lessons using an individually adapted method based on the riders comfort and motor abilities. For the more timid rider we offer connection/bonding session, a more hands on approach bonding with the horse through grooming, petting, and treating. We also conduct spring and summer camps and birthday parties.  All services teach and stress horse safety. 

Our Equine team is made up of horses that have found a new purpose. Some have come from rescues, aged out of a former sports, abandoned, owners have out grown them or  some never had a purpose. We train them to become sensitive lesson horses while retaining their own unique personalities.

Our services focus around the following 4 principles:





Sam and Socks Riding School is located on a private farm on New Ave., Gilroy CA. This farm is landscaped in tall Oak trees, rolling hills, 17 acres to hike or ride, large sand arena, round pen. If you are interested in touring the facility at Sam and Socks Riding School, please call 775-971-8790 or email

As a non profit organization we welcome volunteers to come and help assist with stable management and care of the horses. If you would like to volunteer or  sponsor a horse please contact Susan at or you can make a tax deductible donation at the this link



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