Therapeutic horseback riding is the use of horses, mounted or unmounted, and equine-assisted activities to help riders achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people who for people who are experiencing challenges.” We serve those with developmental delays, those who are recovering from illnesses, to those who are dealing with significant life stressors. No prior horse experience is needed! Reinbow Riding Center offers both individual and group lessons lasting an hour.
A typical lesson may start with the rider grooming and tacking-up the horse. Initially, they may lead the horse around the riding ring and become more comfortable with each other. Once the rider and instructor are ready, the rider may progress to mounted lessons. At this point the rider learns how to communicate with the horse using their voice, body and equipment. In order to encourage this communication the rider and their horse participate in activities such as weaving in and around obstacles, walking over poles, riding up to a mailbox and retrieving something from inside the box, and other fun challenges. Group lessons often entail activities that require all members of the group to work together such as a treasure hunt, or follow the leader. Eventually, a rider may progress to riding outside the ring on the trails in the woods. One of those trails is called The Sensory Trail and it offers many fun things to do and see.
For additional information and participant paperwork click on 2021 rider paperwork below.