Therapeutic Riding Program
Therapeutic Riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with diverse needs. Therapeutic riding can benefit riders in many ways including coordination, core strength, concentration, social interaction, and self-confidence. A disability does not have to limit a person from riding a horse. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Since horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is each TR lesson? Each lesson is 50 minutes long and is either private or with one other rider.
How often will my rider ride? Riders sign up for an entire lesson session which are offered in the spring, summer, and fall. Each session is 7-8 weeks long. Your rider will ride once a week at the same day and time.
How much do lessons cost? Each lesson costs $40 per lesson and payment for the entire 7-8 week session is due the first week of the lesson session. So if the session is 7 weeks long the total cost will be $280.
Who teaches the lessons? Our lessons are taught by PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors (CTRI) or a CTRI in training under supervision of a CTRI.
Do you provide scholarships? Yes! Scholarships are awarded based on need. We also partner with other agencies to provide scholarships. Any rider who is adopted or has been in foster care for any length of time can contact Orphan Care Alliance to receive a scholarship.
Making an Impact
“I am so thankful for the entire Hooves of Hope experience. From the first contact with the office administrator to our wonderful instructor, we have been enveloped in compassion. My daughter lost her father after a short battle with cancer on December 20, 2018. In one short semester, her confidence and skill have soared. Her smile is beginning to return.”