Provides training in horsemanship and therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities (physical, mental, emotional, speech, and learning) and for persons diagnosed with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses. Lessons are designed for the client’s specific needs and focus on skills and exercises to enhance the client’s quality of life.
We offer two programs:
1.) Low-cost Therapeutic Riding Program with a financially-free option offered for 10 weeks in the Spring and 10 weeks in the Fall riding once per week. Fee is $0 or $300 per 10 week semester. These classes will be facilitated by a PATH Int’l certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and/or a CHA certified Instructor for Riders with Disabilities. The 2 requirements for this program are:
- The riders’ family must recruit or supply 1 qualified in-ring assistant for either horse-leading or side-walking (minimum age – 15).
- For the financially free option – the family must volunteer a minimum of 10 hours during the riders’ lesson semester (January – June or July – December).
2.) Standard Therapeutic Riding Program that is offered year-round. Fee is $150/month for High-Functioning Special Needs riders and $165/month for Low-Functioning Special Needs riders. Riders must be evaluated prior to placement in a class. These classes will be facilitated by a PATH Int’l certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.
We do also offer financial assistance through our scholarship fund on a limited bases when funding is available. Please contact us for an application if you would like to apply for financial assistance.
If you would like to get on our reservation list for either of the above programs please click here to get on the reservation list for our therapeutic riding programs AND to get notifications for openings in our programs. The Low-cost Program will get filled in order from the list and the Standard Program is filled on a first come first serve basis.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
You may wonder what are the benefits of therapeutic riding. The physical benefits of riding take place as the movement of the horse is transferred in to the passive body of the rider. The three dimensional swinging gait of the horse causes the riders pelvis, trunk and shoulder girdle to react in ways very similar to those of a natural human walking gait. The gentle movement of the horse stimulates a natural instinct for the riders to balance themselves and maintain good posture. The riders typically go through a series of exercises that help to reduce spasticity, increase strength, coordination, flexibility and muscle control. Imagine the feeling of riding a horse for someone usually confined to a wheelchair.
Cognitively the riders develop their memory, their ability to concentrate, communication skills, the ability to plan and problem solve. As the rider’s skills develop their self-esteem and confidence increases and they are encouraged to set higher goals for themselves. They are thrilled when they realize they can maneuver their horse through obstacle courses and compete in the games, races and activities during the riding lessons. The riders experience success and accomplishment which transfers into other areas of their lives as they realize they are capable of achieving challenging new goals.