Therapeutic Riding, otherwise known as adaptive riding, this is horseback riding lessons with adaptations and accommodations for individuals with any physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities.
Adaptations/accommodations can include but not limited to: horse selection, gaits (speeds) of the horse used, tack used and/or modified to suit the rider’s challenges, skills taught, use of Lead Walkers and/or Side Walkers during mounted activities, use of other toys/games/props and arena equipment to set the rider up for success in his/her learning style/abilities.
Therapeutic riding uses the instruction of basic riding skills and horsemanship to meet a rider’s goals, whatever they deem as their goals. (Ex’s: exercise, strength, balance, following multi-step directions, coordination, social interaction, overcoming fear of animals, etc.)
Grooming, groundwork and/or leading, tacking the horse, untacking the horse, riding and the like (all components of working with horses) can and will be utilized -as deemed appropriate by the PATH Instructor- in a rider’s lessons.
Paperwork includes a section for the physician to complete for clearance that mounted activities are not counterproductive to the individual’s condition(s).
Able Bodied riding
This program is meant for young, able-bodied children, siblings of TR participants, and/or volunteers to learn basic horsemanship skills, and have a form signed, but not have to do the full medical clearance from a Dr.
Being a predominantly groundwork-based tract, this format encompasses interaction with the variety of animals on the property, not just the horses. Riding may still be incorporated (as deemed appropriate and useful to the individual’s goals, by the PATH Instructor) but is not the dominant facet of this format.
This is primarily set up for youth and/or individuals that struggle with impulse control, body control, mobility and/or health issues [where mounted activities are a contraindication to the individual], those fearful and or intimidated by animals (esp large animals).
This format allows for a flexible and fluid use of the assets the Program has to best-suit the participant’s needs. Participants may have special needs, they may be able bodied.
Paperwork includes a self-completed medical section, not one needing a doctor.