Therapeutic horseback riding lessons provide training in horsemanship and therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults 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:
- The Standard Therapeutic Riding Program is offered year-round. The fee is $135/month depending on the level of support the rider requires. Riders must be evaluated prior to placement in a class. These classes will be facilitated by a PATH Int’l certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.
- The Low-cost Therapeutic Riding Program with a financially free (work exchange) option may be offered weekly for 10 weeks in the Spring or 10 weeks in the Fall. The 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).
We offer limited financial assistance through our scholarship fund. Scholarships are offered on a limited basis when funding is available. If you would like to contribute to our scholarship fund please email us.
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 be filled in order from the list and the Standard Program is filled on a first come first serve basis.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic horseback riding offers the rider many benefits. The physical benefits of riding take place as the movement of the horse is transferred to the passive body of the rider. The three-dimensional swinging gait of the horse causes the rider’s pelvis, trunk and shoulder girdle to move in ways very similar to those of the 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 on horseback 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, ability to concentrate, communication skills, 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. Riders are thrilled when they realize they can maneuver their horse through obstacle courses and compete in the games, races, and activities during riding lessons. The riders experience success and a sense of accomplishment which transfers into other areas of their lives as they realize they are capable of achieving challenging new goals!
Please contact us for more information.