Therapeutic Riding

25 mile grass riding track

Therapeutic horseback riding began over fifty years ago. At one time just an insignificant concept by dedicated equestrians, therapeutic riding has now evolved into a well respected method widely recognized by medical, psychiatric, and social service professionals worldwide.

HorseAbility offers a year-round therapeutic horseback-riding program for individuals with special needs. Physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual needs are met through our unique program. Our lessons are designed to meet the needs of each individual, and, by utilizing the skills of horsemanship; we are able to reach personalized therapeutic goals. Each rider is encouraged to be as independent as possible while both on the horse and off.

We offer both private and semi-private lessons. Most students begin with private lessons to assure a solid foundation in the basics of riding skills. Semi-private lessons consist of 2-4 riders and offer our students a great socialization experience. In Semi-private lessonsadditional volunteers are present to provide the individual attention that is needed for each rider.

In addition to riding lessons, all riders are encouraged to participate in our two “at home” Horse Shows that we have each year. All of our riders take home ribbons and trophies and great memories of a fun-filled day. Horse show classes are age and ability appropriate and designed for 100% success!

To find out more about the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding go to Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.).

The therapeutic riding is beneficial to individuals with psychological, physical, social, and emotional disabilities, include but are not limited to:

  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Amputations
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Delay
  • Autism
  • Paralysis
  • Brain Injuries
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Visual Impairments
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Hearing Impairments