Therapeutic Riding Lessons
First session: Dec 17, 2018 – Feb 15, 201 (8wks) (closed 12/24 - 1/2/19)
Second session: Feb 1, 2019 – April 19, 2019 (8wks) (closed 4/1 - 4/5)
Third session: April 22, 2019 - June 14, 2019 (8wks)
Fourth session: June 17, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019 (8wks) (closed 7/1 - 7/5)
Fifth session: Aug 19, 2019 - Oct 11, 2019 (8wks)
Sixth session: Oct 14, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 (8wks) (closed 11/25 - 11/29)
Session costs: $320 for 30 minute lessons, $455 for 45 minute lessons
Session fees are due at the beginning of the session
Classes are taught by one of two Path-certified instructors with years of experience. Volunteers lead for and side-walk next to the rider, depending on the rider's level of independence and confidence. Depending on the length of the lesson, the client may or may not be involved in the grooming and tacking process. Even with brief lessons, the clients are still encouraged to form connections with their horses by giving them pats and encouragement and petting them afterwards to thank them for the lesson. A variety of activities are done from puzzles, to basketball on horseback, to ring tossing. Below are some examples.
Basketball on Horseback: One of the most frequently favored activities is basketball, which helps improve hand-eye coordination. We use a large variety of themed balls to teach different objects to the students, from fake fruits, to large colored dice, to cartoon characters. Before tossing the ball to the rider, we ask the name, color or shape of the ball.
Painting the Horses: Art engages their creativity while they bond with their horse.