THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Single Lesson . . . . . . . . ......... .  $55.00

Fall Session #1 - August 19 - October 12, 2019

One lesson per week for 8 weeks

The 8-week sessions will cost $400 per session for both group and private lessons. Lesson fees are due at the beginning of each session. If you start when the session is already in progress you will be charged a prorated amount. Program fees must be paid by the end of the first week of the session or the participant will not be able to ride until paid in full. Payments can be made by check, cash, and PayPal (see link above).

FREE EVALUATION:

An accredited teacher will spend approximately 30 minutes "one on one" with your child to assess his or her level of need, their goals and ability will determine the lesson plan. 

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Cancellation notice must be made 24 hours prior to scheduled lesson in order to receive full credit of lesson fee. 
​We do not offer cash refunds, but will be glad to reschedule your lesson within the session dates.

Special Spirit is a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Center, with PATH Certified Trainers. We em­phasizes recreation, riding skills and FUN on horseback. Our goal is to help children and adults with disabilities face their challenges, form lasting social skills and develop a sense of belonging and purpose in the community.

THERAPEUTIC RIDING LESSON:


​Lessons will include grooming and tacking before and after the ride, with about 25-35 minutes of actual ride time. When possible and applicable, we will try to match riders into a group lesson. We believe that riding sessions are more fun, engaging and educational when there is more than one participant in the arena. ​​

BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC RIDING:

PHYSICAL:

Strengthens muscles, improves overall circulation and coordination.

PSYCHOLOGICAL:

Riders achieve a sense of well being and confidence from interacting with the horses and mastering skills. 

EDUCATIONAL:

Interactive games and exercises help riders develop sequencing, patterning and motor planning skills. Increased hand-eye coordination and improved visual-spacial perception are also natural benefits.

SOCIAL:

Responsibility, leadership, education, companionship, compassion and communication are but a few of the benefits. Fur thermore, we work to create a community environment that puts both youths with disabilities as well as their friends and fam ily, in riding situations together. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome. Assessment determines participation level.

MORE INFORMATION:

  • The minimum age for therapeutic riding is 3 years old.

  • There is no maximum age to participate in our programs. For the well being of our horses there is a weight limit of 185 lbs. This is subject to change.

  • We accept riders with all disabilities, providing that PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) does not list the disability as a contraindication to riding, and a doctor signs a release indicating that, in his or her opinion, riding would be acceptable for this person.

  • All riders will be provided an ASTM-SEI approved helmet. Riders are recommended to wear long pants and must wear closed toe shoes or boots.

  • Riders will use standard English or Western tack.

  • Lessons are 45 minutes, which includes horsemanship prior-to and after the ride.

  • Each rider, pending need, will be provided one teacher, a side-walker and/or lead line.

  • Please be sure to arrive 5 minutes BEFORE your session start time.

  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation notice must be made 24 hours prior to scheduled lesson in order to receive full credit of lesson fee. We do not offer cash refunds.

•1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism. 
•Boys are 4 times more likely than girls to have autism.
•A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes.
•More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined. 
•Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. 
•Autism costs the nation over $990 billion per year, a figure expected to double in the next decade. 
•Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases. 
•There is no medical detection or cure for autism. 
•There are no federal laws guaranteeing services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders once they reach the age of 21.
•Individuals with autism spectrum disorders can lead productive and happy lives with individualized therapies, support and opportunities.

ADDITIONAL INFO

WHY HORSES IN THERAPY?

As explained in a study by Bonnie Lutz, SPT, CSCS (Chapman University August, 2010), currently with the Center for Developing Kids in Pasadena, CA. (Hippotherapy vs. Therapeutic Horseback Riding).

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