Therapeutic Horseback Riding
We have five, 5 – 9 week therapeutic riding sessions throughout the year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, & Holiday.
Riders meet once a week at the scheduled day and time.
All lessons at Reins are taught by our experienced PATH Intl. Certified Instructors. We are able to work with a wide range of disabilities.
Common diagnoses include (but are not limited to):
Autism, ADD/ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, ODD, Ambulatory/Orthopedic Challenges, Down Syndrome.
Prospective riders can contact us without a referral from a physician
or therapist. Prospective riders/Rider families will be provided with
ROL information and the required forms. Once all forms are completed
prospective participants undergo a rider assessment conducted by a
Certified Instructor to determine appropriate class placement.
Evaluation includes choosing a suitable horse
(size, gait, and temperament), assessment of rider’s need for adaptive
equipment and volunteer support (type of support –thigh hold,
ankle hold, number of volunteers, personality – calm, energetic,
chatty, outgoing, calm, quiet) and type of class.
We offer 3 types of classes:
Private – (30 min, 1 rider) PATH Intl. standards require 2-3 year olds & as dictated by rider’s needs determined by Instructor during evaluation.
Semi-private – (45 min, 2 riders) PATH standards required 4-5 year olds & as dictated by rider’s needs determined by Instructor during evaluation.
Group – (60 min, 3-6 riders) Available for 6 years old through adults.
Once an applicant is accepted in the program, therapeutic goals are established and progress is documented. Therapeutic riding lessons are planned with the individual’s educational, physical, social and recreational goals in mind. To the extent of their abilities, riders participate in pre-mounted and post-mounted horse care. Lesson activities may include developing basic riding skills, exercises, games and riding the trails.
Improved muscle control
Increased balance and strength
Improved cardio-respiratory function
Increased concentration and memory
Improved basic learning skills
Improved communication skills
Improved self-esteem, discipline and courage
Improved interpersonal relationships
Per Rider Per Week
Financial assistance is available on an as-needed basis. Forms may be requested through the office. Please read the Reins of Life Class Cancellation Policy & Seasonal Weather Restrictions & Guidelines.
We follow PATH Intl. standards and adhere to their list of precautions and contraindications in assessing applicant’s eligibility.
Summary of ROL policies for accepting riders:
Rider with a documented diagnosis/disability.
Minimum age: 2 years old (no upper age limit).
Maximum Weight: 180 lbs. (Participants over this weight are invited to participate in un-mounted activities).
6 months free of grand mal and/or drop down seizures.
ROL Therapeutic Riding Session Schedule
Winter 2020: January 27 - March 28 9 weeks
Spring 2020: April 13 - May 30 7 weeks
Summer 2020: June 22 - August 8 7 weeks
Fall 2020: August 24 - October 17 8 weeks
Holiday 2020: November 9 - December 12 5 weeks
April 13 -- May 30
Schedule Requests MC & SB: Due March 18th
Prospective Rider Evaluations: Due March 13th