Equus Lessons and Rates
Equine-assisted activities for people with disabilities have been shown to improve:
- muscle tone
- motor development
- emotional well-being
Therapeutic riding and hippotherapy are both equine-assisted activities, but each has a different focus.
Therapeutic Riding Is . . .
Therapeutic riding is the sport of riding as a recreational activity that has therapeutic value. It is one of the most beneficial forms of therapy for people with disabilities, as well as for people healing from injury.
At Equus, our licensed riding instructors match riders with horses, choose tack and equipment, and tailor each lesson's activities to the rider's needs and goals.
Therapeutic riding lessons include everything from basic walk/trot riding instruction to games on horseback (for example, ring toss or basketball) to special challenges (for example, obstacle courses or dressage patterns).
The relationship that develops between riders and horses often helps the riders expand their physical, emotional, and intellectual potential. Horsemanship goes beyond riding; the bond between rider and horse fosters attention, concentration, and caring.
Hippotherapy Is . . .
Hippotherapy (from the Greek word “hippos,” meaning horse) is equine-assisted physical therapy performed by a licensed medical professional. It utilizes the horse's movement as part of the patient’s treatment.
A doctor’s prescription for physical therapy is strongly recommended for hippotherapy clients. Children must be 2 or older, and may have a diagnosis for a condition that limits their functional capabilities, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, global developmental delay, or autism.
“Kids don’t even know they are participating in physical therapy when they are up there on the horse,” hippotherpay instructor Carrie Minahan says. “The horse provides of variety sensory stimulation that challenges the mind and body, but the kids just see it as fun!
We can see changes in children’s ability to move, care for themselves, or socialize in as little as 8 weeks of riding once a week for 30 minutes.”
Rates for Therapeutic Riding
Group lesson, 1 hour (3 or more riders):
(or $25/lesson, pay as you go)
Semiprivate lesson, 1 hour (2 riders):
(or $30/lesson, pay as you go)
Private lesson, 1/2 hour (1 rider):
$200/eight-week session (or $30/lesson, pay as you go)
Private lesson, 1 hour (1 rider):
$360/eight-week session (or $50/lesson, pay as you go)
Rate for Hippotherapy
Private half-hour session: $50
To Register for Lessons
We require the following forms for all riders (click on each to download):
You may also pick up copies of these forms in person.
Or click here to have them sent to you via mail or e-mail.
All Equus riders and volunteers, and those who accompany them to the barn,
must follow our Barn Safety Rules.
For a copy of those rules, click here.