Equest's Therapeutic Sports Riding program focuses on teaching riding skills to participants as young as 4 years of age with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities. Our PATH International-certified therapeutic riding instructors work with the riders to participate in a recognized sport and to develop independent skills that carry over to their everyday lives. Once they are mounted, many of our riders experience a freedom of motion and ability that they do not or cannot enjoy in other aspects of their lives.
Sports Riding classes are conducted as group, semi-private or private classes, riders are encouraged to set individual goals and progress is made at each individual's pace. These goals may range from holding the reins for one, full circuit of the arena to qualifying for and competing in the international arena. Our instructors are dedicated to helping our riders grow and to achieve their independent potential.
Physically, the horse in motion moves a rider with disabilities rhythmically and naturally through space in a way that simulates the human walking gait. This type of motion develops core muscle strength, balance and posture. Horseback riding also develops gross and fine motor control and promotes coordination.
Mentally, horseback riding increases concentration, improves sequential thought processing and develops spatial awareness.
Emotionally, horseback riding provides an opportunity for riders to bond with the horse, their instructor and their volunteers. This helps develop trust and reinforces appropriate behaviors.
Socially, horseback riding nurtures a positive self-image and self-confidence as riding skills are learned. Riders often experience independence for the first-time in their lives as they become a member of the Equest team.
The minimum age to participate in sports riding is four years of age. All new riders will visit Equest for an inital evaluation and orientation. During this visit, we will talk about issues and goals, and begin to develop a plan of treatment to allow us to best serve that person's needs.
To apply for Therapeutic Sports Riding, please see the Therapy Program Applications page underneath the Programs tab.
Therapeutic Sports Riding Fee Schedule
Group classes are 1 hour long; semi-private and private classes are 45 minutes long. Fees are paid in full prior to the beginning of a session, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Please note that vaulting is scheduled as a group class activity. Summer fees depend upon the schedule offered.
- 10-week fall session = $400
- 10-week spring session = $400
- 10-week fall session = $500
- 10-week spring session = $500
Private classes may be scheduled in the summer session, the fee is $55/hour, number of hours depends on schedule offered.