What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity to improve the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. As participants learn horsemanship and ride they gain a sense of freedom and independence, interact socially, and learn new skills in a fun-filled environment.
The motion of the horse can be very therapeutic. The rhythmic movement of a horse mimics a human gait and moves the rider’s body in a way that improves balance, strength, muscle control and tone, flexibility and coordination.
When is Therapeutic Riding scheduled?
Therapeutic Riding is scheduled once a week for 45 minutes sessions. Heartland offers four eight-week sessions each year that follow the public school calendar. Therapeutic Riding is currently scheduled Monday-Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 PM and Tuesday mornings.
What are the fees?
The fee for each individual weekly session is $40.00. This fee covers only 30% of our actual cost. The balance is covered by donations. We have a scholarship fund to help riders who cannot pay the full fee. Participants may apply for a scholarship by completing the scholarship application.
Who is accepted for Therapeutic Riding?
Heartland accepts children and adults who exhibit physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities. Children should be at least 5 years old. Participants will need our Medical Form completed by their healthcare professional to enter our program. The final determination of acceptance into the program is made by our staff.
Each participant goes through an evaluation process that starts by completing an online application. Once we have received an application, we will contact you to schedule an on-site evaluation. The on-site evaluation helps us ensure that we can safely accommodate you in our program, set goals, and select the appropriate horse and volunteers.
Who conducts the Therapeutic Riding lessons?
PATH Intl. certified instructors and trained volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding lessons. A new rider is generally assisted by two sidewalkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a horse leader.