Adaptive Riding

DESCRIPTION: Adaptive Riding/Therapeutic Riding

The terms “adaptive riding” and “therapeutic riding” are synonymous.  These terms are commonly used to refer to horseback riding lessons for individuals with special needs, taught by horseback riding instructors who have received specialized training and may be certified to teach riding lessons to students with disabilities.  These instructors adapt their teaching style, the environment and/or equipment to facilitate acquisition of riding skills and participation in an enjoyable activity.  When participating in riding lessons, opportunities may be available for riders to participate in competitive equestrian events, recreation and leisure, education, socialization, and/or fitness.

Horseback riding lessons for individuals with special needs are taught by experienced Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) riding instructors who have received specialized training and are often certified to work with students with disabilities. These instructors adapt their teaching style, the environment and/or equipment to facilitate acquisition of riding skills and participation in an enjoyable activity. Adaptive riding sessions are recreational sessions focused on teaching a person to ride horses independently. Lessons are private. Adaptive riding and typical riding lessons are not covered by health insurance. Lessons enable the special needs rider to work on improving knowledge of horsemanship, riding skills, balance, coordination, following directions and completing multi-step obstacles, socialization, self-esteem, and sense of accomplishment.

AGE RESTRICTIONS: All participants must be at least 4 years of age.

FEES FOR ADAPTIVE RIDING 

  • Individual Adaptive Riding Lesson:   $35.00 per 30-minute session.
  • Packages
    • A block of ten (10) half hour sessions can be purchased, in advance, for $300.00 (a saving of $50.00 over paying for each session individually).
    • A block of eight (10) sessions needs to be used in a twelve (12) week period.
    • Exceptions will be made on an individual basis.

SCHEDULING AND PAYMENT:

  • To enroll, all riders must have current paperwork on file dated within 1 year
  • A valid email is required for communication
  • Payment is due prior to the start of each session
  • Payments can be made through Venmo or by check.
  • Riders may be denied a riding time if they have an outstanding balance from prior sessions.

MISSED LESSONS:

Cancellations really hurt!  Making Strides of Virginia has staff, volunteers and horses ready for a session and no one to participate. Please help us respect the time of our volunteers and staff.  We do understand that unexpected medical conditions can affect our riders and, if that is the case, we will discuss tuition adjustments on an individual bass.  If Making Strides of Virginia cancels an appointment, we will notify you by phone as soon as we can and credit your account.  If you do not show up for a lesson and you do not call, you will be charged for the appointment.