Adaptive riding is offered in a group format and is supervised by a PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor. Riders are stimulated and challenged by the sensory motor input from the horse while working on tasks that align with their abilities, goals, and interests. Adaptive riding focuses on teaching beginning horsemanship and equine skills.
Participants may work on the following skills:
- Grooming and tacking the horse
- Using reins
- Transitioning from the walk to the trot
Because adaptive riding is offered in a group format this program also offers an opportunity for socialization and interaction with peers.
Eligibility requirements for participation in adaptive riding include:
- Independent sitting
- Head control
- No orthopedic contraindications or mobility restrictions requiring direct therapist intervention
- Physiologically stable