Equinox Horse Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides physical and mental therapy to children, adults, teens, and veterans through the riding of horses.
Lori Araki is the president and therapeutic riding instructor for Equinox Horse Foundation. She began her horse career competing in Hunter/Jumper competitions, turning professional in 1990. She worked as a polo groom and exercised racehorses at training barns in Buellton, Santa Ynez and Los Alamos, California. In 1992, Lori began her dressage training with Charlotte Bredahl, continuing her education riding with gifted teachers such as Don Sachey, Rachel Saavedra, and Victor Hugo Vidal. Lori has managed rehab facilities, training barns, and breeding farms working with veterinarians, equine acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths to treat illnesses, injuries, and training/behavior problems. During this time, she began taking students and training Icelandic horses. She continued actively competing with her own and clients' horses in hunters, dressage and combined training which evolved into an independent, comprehensive riding school. She began providing lessons and horse camps to at-risk youth and children with emotional challenges in addition to typical children and adults where she began the certification process in Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Learning. Lori works as an equine specialist at Horse Sense of the Carolinas, and is EAGALA certified as well as PATH, International certified as a therapeutic riding instructor.