What is Therapeutic Riding?

Building Life Skills Through Horsemanship

Therapeutic riding is mounted horseback riding with an objective of improving the physical, cognitive, social and emotional well-being of people with disabilities. Through partnerships with horses, client-centered instruction, volunteer support and adaptive tack options, therapeutic riding provides an experiential canvas to build necessary life skills while learning horsemanship.

Essential Information

Sprout offers four sessions of therapeutic riding per year (fall, winter, spring and summer). Sessions range from 5-14 weeks in length and students ride on a weekly basis in a predetermined time block. Lessons may be private, semi-private or group, based on the needs of the rider (private lessons are 30 min in length, and semi-private/group lessons are 1 hour in length). Therapeutic riding lessons cost $55 each.  Parents are responsible for ensuring that students attend lessons. Sprout charges a cancellation fee for all absences and offers credits due to Sprout-determined weather-based closures.

See Case Studies and Reports on the Benefits of Equine Therapy

Professional Instruction
  • Certified through PATH Intl.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
  • Competitive Riders Within Multiple Equestrian Disciplines
  • Demonstrate Continued Learning and Professional Development
Innovative Adaptation
  • Client-Centered Instruction
  • Creative Tack Modifications
  • Accessible Facility
  • Focus on Possibility Rather Than Limitations
Educated Equines
  • Carefully Selected Based On Temperament, Movement, Soundness
  • Demonstrate Competency at Walk, Trot, Canter
  • Receive a High Standard of Care and Continual Maintenance
  • Ridden and Re-Trained Frequently
Support for Success
  • Horse Support 
  • Physical Support
  • Cognitive Support
  • Friendship-Building
  • Community

Before participating, individuals need to consult with their physician. PATH Intl. riding centers require each prospective rider to present a complete medical history and a signed physician’s statement prior to a therapeutic riding session.

Who Can Ride?

Individuals Seeking Opportunities for Growth

The minimum age for therapeutic riding is 4. We are able to work with a wide range of disabilities. Common diagnoses include (but are not limited to):
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cerebral Palsy
Developmental Delays
Down Syndrome
Emotional Disabilities
Traumatic Brain Injury

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