Therapeutic Horseback Riding
“It’s more than just a ride"
Therapeutic riding uses the horse as a catalyst to reach physical, cognitive, social and emotional goals. We work with the participant and the family to create an individualized therapeutic plan that is incorporated into each riding session.
How it works: Riders will attend weekly riding sessions taught by our PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors to gain independent skills that can carry over into their daily lives. Riders often begin by using horse riding as a motivator towards functional goals such as increasing core strength, gross motor ability, and fine motor ability. As functional skill increases, riders work with instructors in a recreation model to focus on building riding skills and horsemanship knowledge through a myriad of activities. Riders are supported through a team of 1-3 volunteers who may assist them through leading the horse and/or providing physical or emotional support. Riders often begin in private sessions and as riding ability progresses, move into a group with students of like ability and riding skills to foster peer-peer social development.
- 30 Minute Private and Semi Private Sessions- $50.00 per session
- 60 Minute Small Group Sessions (2-4 riders)- $50.00 per session
- 60 Minute Private Sessions- $75.00 per session
Special Olympics Show Team:
Our Special Olympics Athletes compete in local horseshows 1-3 times a year. Each class is focused on building riding skills and practicing show patterns for the upcoming show. Horse Shows are a fun and motivating way for riders to showcase their hard work and increased riding abilities through each season.
Common Benefits of Therapeutic Riding:
- Balance and coordination
- Social skills
- Fine motor and Gross Motor skills
- Self Confidence
- Sensory integration
- Core strength
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Attention span and ability to follow multi step directions
- Emotion regulation
- Behavior regulation
- & Much more!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is therapeutic riding covered by insurance?
A: Typical insurance does not cover therapeutic riding as a recreational activity. In some situations AHCCCS or ESA may provide supplemental funding. Contact your case manager for additional information.
Q: How many times per week will I ride?
A: Riders typically partake in one session per week.
Q: What days and times are sessions offered?
A: Sessions are offered Monday-Saturday at varying times throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. Contact our office for availabilities!
Q: What age can you begin therapeutic riding?
A: We offer riding sessions to participants ranging from 3 years of age to Seniors!
Q: Who can participate in therapeutic riding?
A: Riders of all ages and abilities can participate in therapeutic riding but some of the most common diagnoses we work with, but are not limited to are: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Development Disorder, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis and genetic disorders.
It's more than just a ride- contact us today to learn more about how horses can make a difference in your life.
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