What is Therapeutic Riding?
As with all activities involving horses, therapeutic riding improves the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of participants. Heartland’s PATH Intl Certified Instructors teach adaptive riding skills to adults and children with varying special needs focusing on an individual’s abilities and goals. As participants learn horsemanship and riding skills, they gain a sense of freedom and independence, interact with peers, 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.
Therapeutic riding lessons are appropriate for individuals aged five and over who are able to self-support while seated and are deemed safe to ride by their physician. Once a rider application has been completed, you will complete a short evaluation with our instructors and then placed in an age and ability appropriate weekly class. Each class is 45 minutes for the duration of a 16 week session. Due to the generosity of donors, we are able to keep our fees lower than our costs. The fee per lesson is $40. Scholarships are available and no rider will be turned away due to inability to pay. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding rider eligibility, the application process, and scholarship qualifications.