Therapeutic horsemanship teaches the skills of horseback riding and horse knowledge to build developmental,emotional, social, and physical skills for each individual rider.Under the direction of a PATH International certiﬁed instructor, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills. Through weekly sessions, we help riders walk, talk, learn and have FUN! We also oﬀer hippotherapy services.Therapeutic horsemanship means learning to ride a horse but it means much more – it means building a bond with a horse, learning to care for a horse, understanding how horses perceive the world and respond to people, and ultimately being a leader to a horse.
Age 16+ or by instructor permission
Ability to stand and walk for an extended period (at least 30 minute intervals)
Ability to brieﬂy jog with the horse and rider
Side Walking: Assist the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions by working directly with the riders. Act as an intermediary between the rider and instructor by assisting the rider in carrying out the instructor’s directions.
Help prepare riders for lessons
Assist with rider support during mounting and dismounting
Walk (and jog) next to the rider throughout the class and provide physical support as necessary
Help the rider follow directions given by the instructor
Lead Walking: Volunteer will lead horses during therapeutic riding classes, working with a group of side-walkers, keeping primary focus on assigned horse (and not the rider) while maintaining communication with team.
Executes directions of the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions
Depending on site, will bring horses in and out of arena
*Note: No experience necessary. We provide all required training.