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Fall 2017 Programming

Private Lessons

Private lessons are being offered weekly, for 40 weeks from September 11th to June 22nd, 2017. Students may take 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions. Private sessions are offered year-round and join a session at any time, based on availability.

Group lessons

The group sessions are offered primarily to students who have been riding previously in private sessions and require therapy in the area of socialization or are motivated by being with others. Not only will the students be motivated by the others in the lesson, but they will also be forming friendships through their common interest-horses! Group lessons are being offered weekly, for 40 weeks from September 11th to June 22nd, 2017. Students may take 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions. Private sessions are offered year-round and join a session at any time, based on availability. (Available to the general public, limited days only.)

Equine Canada Rider Level Certification Program

All eligible riders (Erin will notify all those eligible) are now able to participate in the Equine Canada Rider Development program. Equine Canada fosters the standards for riders and coaches across Canada. This internationally recognized program is set up to accredit riders from beginner to advanced, giving riders important credentials for present and future pursuits. In addition to learning to ride, riders are taught horsemanship skills and theory. The riders involved in this program will attend their weekly or bi-weekly lesson and in addition will attend a Stable Management and theory class one Saturday afternoon/month. In June, riders who are prepared will have the opportunity to test their pre-determined rider level by an Equine Canada Examiner and receive a certificate for the rider level achieved. In addition to learning more about horse care and management and receiving credentials, participation in this program provides students with opportunities to learn good study habits and public speaking skills and assertiveness.

Please call Erin at 270-1782 or email erin_mccormick@msn.com. Registration forms:

What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic Riding encompasses collectively all horse-related activities for people with disabilities. Emphasis is put on learning functional riding skills for therapeutic purposes. Because therapeutic riding encompasses so many areas of development, it can be broken down into classifications, which represent different approaches that could be taken for each individual.

Diagram of Classifications


Activities involving horses can be used as therapy to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching physical and mental health, and cognitive, social, behavioral and communication goals. The word therapy encompasses three 3 approaches: riding therapy, developmental riding therapy and hippotherapy.

Riding Therapy uses riding skills to assist the rider in reaching therapeutic goals such as social skills, improved sitting and balance as well as self-confidence. In this approach, these types of goals would take precedence over the basic goal of learning to ride.

Developmental Riding Therapy works hand in hand with the field of education. Health and educational professionals have found that this approach is very useful for individuals who have impaired motor, mobility, perception, cognition, behavior, mental health and language skills. This approach also assists an individual’s sensory integration.

Hippotherapy, directly translated means therapy using the horse (Greek word “hippo” means horse.) This domain of therapeutic riding is specific to individuals who have movement disorders. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists use this type of therapy to specifically improve the individuals posture, balance, mobility and function.


In this area, therapeutic riding instructors work with educational professionals to plan and implement a riding program with an educational focus. Educational therapy assists individuals with physical, intellectual, developmental, psychological and/or sensory impairments to achieve educational goals.

Sport, recreation and leisure

Sport activities on horseback, can be easily adapted to fit individuals with physical, intellectual, developmental, learning, sensory and psychological disabilities. Therapeutic riding from a sport perspective offers a wealth of therapeutic, psychological, educational and social benefits.

Therapeutic riding offers a gratifying way to receive recreation and leisure. The emphasis is on social and physical well being and the simple intrinsic enjoyment of these activities.