WALK & TALK RIDING PROGRAM

Single Trail  . . . . . . . . ......... .  $75.00

Package of 4 ....................... $275

Walk our beautiful trails on horseback, 
Talk with peers and develop social skills

The Walk and Talk Trail Ride is a 45 minute experience that encompasses emotional intelligence and social engagement while also learning the basics of horsemanship and trail riding. Participants in the Walk and Talk program will learn how to safely mount and dismount the horse, appropriate grooming and handling techniques on the ground, and the basics of how to ride a horse safely in a trail setting, This is a unique way to learn horse care and riding while also working on social skills and community involvement. This program is designed to encourage participants to have meaningful discussion with one another and/or with our staff and trained volunteers. '

A Walk and Talk trail ride includes about 15-20 minutes of on the ground instruction and animal interaction, and about 20-30 minutes of riding either on a safe local trail or around our beautiful property on our Spirit Sensory Trail. The program is run by PATH Intl certified staff with the help from dedicated and trained volunteers.

MORE INFORMATION:

  • The minimum age for the program 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.

  • 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.

  • 'All lessons must be PAID IN ADVANCE.

  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation notice must be made 24 hours prior to scheduled lesson in order to receive full credit of lesson fee. All package lessons must be finished within the month of purchase. 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.

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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).