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Our Program

Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program was founded in 1989 to provide therapeutic horseback riding lessons to individuals with various physical and mental special needs including Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory impairment, traumatic brain injury, low muscle tone and others. Because a horse’s movement simulates a normal human’s gait, riding as therapy provides unique neuromuscular stimulation that encourages strength and muscle development, endurance, balance, coordination and flexibility. Unlike other therapies that only focus on one muscle group at a time, riding forces the rider to make use of the entire body to steer and control the horse while maintaining balance. Riding a horse requires not only physical skills but also cognitive skills.

At Helping Horse, our focus is to provide a therapeutic experience for each rider by combining riding skills with other activities to enhance strength and balance. The lessons also provide a recreational and social outlet to individuals that are often limited by their disabilities. Being in tune with an animal so large and strong helps develop self-confidence that extends beyond the riding ring.

Students enroll for an 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 either on Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon or Monday or Tuesday evenings. In order to place a student, we must be able to match the rider to an appropriate horse, class, and instructor, and we do this by scheduling an evaluation ride.  Please complete the new rider application and return via email to president@helpinghorse.org and we will contact you to schedule the evaluation.

For further information or questions, contact riders@helpinghorse.org.

Meet the Horses

Contact our horse coordinator for more information about our horses.

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New Student Information

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

Download New Rider Application form