Adaptive or therapeutic riding is a unique combination of sport, recreation and education. Specially trained PATH International qualified instructors use their knowledge of disabilities to teach horsemanship skills to riders with varying ability levels. A typical lesson involves safety on and around horses, warm up exercises, games and riding skills including equitation and obstacle. Increased strength, balance and self esteem are some of the benefits of this wonderful recreational activity.
Adaptive riding is offered in Chatsworth and Newbury Park Tuesday through Saturday. Lessons are charged by the session – the 2013 Fall Session II begins on October 22nd and is 8 weeks long. Scholarships are available. Students will be evaluated by our staff and their goals and ability will determine the length of the riding session. Lessons are ½ for a private or 1 hour for a group lesson (3 or more riders). The minimum recommended age for adaptive riding is 4 years old however, we do have programs for younger children – please call for more information.
All riders wear an ASTM-SEI approved helmet and use standard English or western tack or equipment specially adapted to their needs. Riders should wear long pants and closed toe shoes or boots.