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Our Program

At Helping Horse, we offer group-riding lessons for people with a variety of physical, mental and emotional special needs. Our focus is to provide a therapeutic experience for each individual rider by combining riding skills with games and activities to enhance their strength and balance, while having fun!

The majority of our lessons take place on horseback; occasionally we will have a ground lesson during which the riders will learn things about taking care of their horse, such as grooming and tacking.

In order to place a student, we must be able to match the rider to an appropriate horse, class, and instructor. To do this, we schedule an evaluation ride. We carefully consider all of this information to provide a safe ride for the student. Weight and height information help us determine which of our horses could carry the rider safely, as we have horses in varying sizes. The student’s ability to balance, to walk with or without assistance, and to communicate and receive instructions help us determine the number of volunteers needed to help the student safely ride.

Students enroll for the entire 30-week season which follows the traditional school calendar (September-May). Depending on available space, a new student can be accepted into the program at any time for the remainder of the season.

Students are assigned to a weekly class held on Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon or Monday or Tuesday evenings.

Our Mission

The mission of Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program is to foster growth and development of children and adults with mental and physical special needs in the Triangle area through recreational activities with horses. The ultimate goal of the program is to improve each rider’s quality of life so that they can become more independent, productive and active members of the community.

Our Goals

To provide stimulating and engaging horse-back riding lessons to students with a variety of special needs for the benefit of physical and emotional growth

To serve as a support community for parents and caregivers to share in the joy of the growth of their students

To offer fulfilling opportunities for our volunteers to make a significant impact by guiding our students and/or working with our horses

If you would like more information, please contact us at president@helpinghorse.org