Adaptive Riding

Adaptive horseback riding lessons are taught by an instructor who has been certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl). Lessons are individually tailored for students with special needs. The instructors are trained in utilizing adaptive equipment and techniques to facilitate learning how to ride in a safe, effective manner.

When riding a horse, the human body moves as if walking, and the motion provides a unique vehicle for therapeutic benefits. Students experience the many benefits horseback riding can offer. Including, but not limited to, increased confidence, social skills, communication, balance, posture, reflexes, strength, coordination, hand-eye skills, flexibility, endurance, focus, and academic skills. Our certified instructors use tools and props to make learning fun! The bonding between horse and rider is a special relationship. 

Group lessons encourage the development of positive social skills and allow for growth in areas such as leadership. Some students learn stable management skills which promote the development of vocational skills. Students can learn tasks such as cleaning stalls, sweeping, tacking, feeding, and watering. Supervised grooming and care and organization of equipment are integral parts of this component.

Lessons are individually designed to achieve predetermined goals and are tailored to each rider’s specific needs and abilities. Our adaptive riding instructors choose various teaching methods, tools, appropriately challenging lesson plans, games, and exercises to help riders achieve their objectives. Detailed records of achievement are provided.

What is the frequency?

Lessons are typically one-hour long and occur weekly. Regular breaks are scheduled in conjunction with holidays to provide breaks for our horses and volunteers.

What is the Cost?

The fee for adaptive riding is $50.00 per lesson. Scholarships applications are available upon request for those in financial need.

How do I start?

If you or a loved one is interested in adaptive riding at Kids & Horses, please complete our Prospective Client Form. You may also email [email protected] or call 775-267-1775.

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