THERAPEUTIC HORSE RIDING PROGRAM

Our horses bring health, happiness, and hope! A natural and fun therapy for physical, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges.

If you’ve ridden horses or enjoyed their gentle love, you know the experience is unlike any other. And for those with physical, mental, emotional or behavioral challenges, the interaction can be remarkably life changing.

Therapeutic horseback riding can enhance:
Strength, coordination, self-esteem, concentration, emotional states, posture, balance, a sense of well being, personal mobility, a feeling of independence.

How do these gentle, four-legged therapists help?
Horses and humans walk using a similar motion and gait. Horse movements cause riders to respond using natural body movements. Exercise equipment works specific muscle groups, where horseback riding promotes integrated “whole person” flow of movements. Students with physical disabilities improve their muscle strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.

Our horses are also friendly, nonjudgmental companions. Their gentle natures improve mental and emotional states. The bond that develops between a horse and rider inspires a sense of teamwork, responsibility, communication, caring, and joy.

What sort of challenges can therapeutic riding help with?

  • Physical: injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, spina-bifida, paralysis
  • Cognitive: autism, Down’ s syndrome, mental retardation, sensory integration disorder, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Fee: Six 1/2 hour lessons over 6 weeks – $ 210
Ages: 4 and up

Download:
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Application Packet 2023
Participant Annual Update 2023
Physician Annual Update 2023
Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents

New riders are evaluated during a private lesson. This evaluation lesson establishes the appropriate placement within the existing riding calendar for lessons.  Cost for an Evaluation Lesson is $70.

For more information, contact us!

THERAPEUTIC RIDING SCHEDULE 2023

RIDING DATES BREAK – NO RIDING
Session 1 January 7 – February 17 February 18 – March 3
Session 2 March 4 – April 14 April 15 – April 28
Session 3 April 29 – June 16 (NO RIDING 5/22-5/28) June 17 – June 18
Session 4 – Summer Session June 19 – July 28 Horse Camp
July 31 – August 5 Jr. Advanced Rider Clinic
August 7 – 11 Advanced Rider Clinic
August 14 – 18 Adult Horse Camp
August 19 – September 8
Session 5 September 9 – October 20 October 21 – October 27
Session 6 October 28 – December 15 (NO RIDING 11/20-11/26) December 16, 2023 – January 5, 2024

Would you like to volunteer to help in our riding programs? Get more information here.