Therapeutic riding lessons are equestrian skill based lessons for people with disabilities. The focus of these lessons is skill development and progression while realizing improved physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social skills. Taught by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen International (PATH) Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and assisted by volunteer aids, helping students reach their full potential is the primary goal with each lesson. Often times the riders participate in the tacking up and horse care aspects of the lesson. Riders with physical, intellectual, cognitive, developmental, and/or learning differences can benefit from therapeutic riding.
Group classes are 30 and 60 minutes long and have a maximum of 4 riders per class.
The 30 minute classes are designed for younger riders with shorter attention spans and those riders who tire quickly. Group classes present the beneficial opportunity of interacting with other riders and families. The riders also learn from the other students in the class and enjoy group activities. All riders new to Healing Hoofbeats, Inc. and therapeutic riding are strongly encouraged to register for group lessons. Riders are scheduled by age, skill level and availability.
Private classes are one hour long and recommended for riders who desire the one on one attention needed to improve their skills as horsemen. Private lessons are especially beneficial for students who are preparing for horse shows. In the event that a student signs up for a group lesson and due to low enrollment is the only person in a time slot, they will pay the group rate with the understanding that available spots will be subject to filling.
Financial Assistance is offered as scholarship funds allow. See Rates and Forms page for application.