Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure.
— PATH Intl.

OUR PROGRAM

Hilltop Horizons provides mounted and unmounted horsemanship activities that incorporate the educational, physical, social, and recreational goals of each individual student. These lessons may include grooming, tacking, riding, leading, and horse care activities.

Each lesson is conducted by a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor who follows the safety and education standards set forth by PATH Intl.


Who we serve

Many individuals can benefits from therapeutic riding lessons. Commonly served populations include those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual and Developmental Disability, and Multiple Sclerosis - just to name a few.


BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Therapeutic riding benefits individuals in a number of ways, including physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. While we are NOT therapists (our focus is on teaching horsemanship skills), horseback riding, and other horse-related activities, can naturally provide many benefits - some of which are listed below:

  • Improves balance, posture, and coordination

  • Passively stretches tight muscles

  • Strengthens core muscles necessary for walking

  • Engages riders cognitively through motor planning activities

  • Stimulates the vestibular, nervous, and circulatory systems

  • Incorporates diverse tactile integration opportunities

  • Many more...


Interested in joining us?

Hilltop Horizons is excited to continually serve new individuals in our program! The initial steps of becoming a rider at Hilltop Horizons involve:

  • Completing the participant package - this gives us the chance to learn a little more about the new rider. Our riders' strengths, weaknesses, interests, and aspirations are all important to us. Note: This also includes a section to be filled out by the rider's medical provider to ensure that the rider is medically able to participate in equine activities.

  • Completing an on-site evaluation - here the rider will meet the horses, tour the facility, and participate in some unmounted activities that will allow our instructor to determine their suitability for our program.

Begin this process by filling out the form available on this page and we will contact you with additional information. We look forward to hearing from you!