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. Therapeutic riding lessons may be privatized or semi-private based on the goals of the student.  Private lessons are 30 minutes in length and cost $55 each.  Semi-private lessons are 1 hour in length and cost $55 each.  Sprout does not offer “make-ups” or credits for missed lessons.   Sprout offers credits due to Sprout-determined weather-based closures.  All lessons are subsidized through our generous donors.

Professional Instruction
  • Certified through PATH Intl. Advanced and Registered Level Instructors 
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
  • Instructors are Competitive Riders Able to Support Students at Various Levels
  • Demonstrate Continued Learning and Professional Development
Innovative Adaptation
  • Client-Centered Instruction
  • Innovative Adaptive Tack Options
  • Accessible Facility With Motorized Lift and ADA-Accessible Restrooms
  • Focus on Possibility Rather Than Limitations
Educated Equines
  • Carefully Selected Based On Temperament, Movement and Size
  • Competition Backgrounds
  • Impeccable Ground Manners and Ring Presence
Support for Success
  • Horse Support 
  • Physical Support
  • Cognitive Support
  • Friendship-Building
  • Community

Who Can Ride?

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.

Recognizing that equine related activities hold inherent risks (based on the Virginia Equine Liability Statute), all new participants will be evaluated by PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors to ensure a safe and beneficial experience. In compliance with PATH Intl. Standards and Sprout policy, the following criteria must be met:

  • Participants for therapeutic riding must be at least 4 years of age.
  • Weigh less than 225lbs.
  • Physically able to independently sit symmetrically with torso upright and legs astride the horse during dynamic movement; this includes adequate head and neck control to maintain proper alignment.
  • Tolerate a riding helmet.
  • Behave in a manner that is safe for self, horses and others.
  • Ability to accommodate the movement of the horse without pain.

What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic riding utilizes adaptive/supported skill-instruction that is thoughtfully created to meet the life-goals of participants. In therapeutic riding, students learn how to effectively communicate with a horse through the use of leg, rein, weight, voice and artificial aids.

How Do I Enroll?

Step 1: Submit an inquiry through the form below or email info@sproutcenter.org

Step 2: Visit Sprout and receive an evaluation.

Step 3: Complete registration paperwork, including physician signature and waiver.

Step 4: Schedule your riding with Sprout.

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