Therapeutic (Adaptive) Riding

Therapeutic (adaptive) riding is an equine-assisted activity designed to positively impact the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with special needs. Participants work in individual or (more often) group lessons to learn horsemanship skills which may include riding, carriage driving, and/or interactive vaulting; as well as general knowledge of horse anatomy, behavior, care and grooming.  Classes are taught by trained riding instructors, with the assistance of volunteers who help riders with horse handling and lesson activities, and horses screened for appropriate health and temperament.

Therapeutic riding offers health benefits and provides an opportunity for recreational and social interaction.

To learn more about therapeutic riding, driving and interactive vaulting, or to find a program in your area, please check out the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International website.