Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic horseback riding is a physical form of exercise.  A horse’s movement closely resembles the normal gait of a human.  This peaceful movement can reduce anxiety and elicit a feeling of empowerment for the rider.  The horse can sense the emotions of the rider creating a special connection between the two.  Riding a horse is an enjoyable experience for many people, but for an individual living with special needs it can be the start of their journey to improvement and recovery, and to making “I Did It!” moments happen.

Contact the rider coordinator

Contact: Lisa Mearing

Phone/Text:  (269) 806-6892

E-mail:  meariment@aol.com

“Horses change lives.  They give our young people confidence and self-esteem.  They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.” – Toni Robinson

 

TEC’s therapeutic riding program is designed using horses, mounted or unmounted, and equine-assisted activities to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and educational skills for the young and old living with special needs.

 

Benefits of therapeutic riding, include:

 

  • Increase in focus and attention

  • Better balance and core strength

  • Greater motor skills

  • Higher self-confidence

  • Develop social skills

  • Healthier emotional and mental wellbeing

 

Group Lessons

 

These sessions are 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration with up to 4 riders at a lesson. The cost to participate is $30 per lesson/week.  A $30 deposit* is required with the application to reserve your spot for the lessons. 


Semi-Private Lessons

 

These sessions are 45 minutes in duration with only 2 riders. The cost to participate is $40 per lesson/week. A $40 deposit* is required with the application to reserve your spot for the lessons.

 

Private Lessons

 

These sessions are 30 minutes in duration with only 1 rider. The cost to participate is $35 per lesson/week. A $35 deposit* is required with the application to reserve your spot for the lessons.

 

*  This application deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the cost of lessons. 

 

Full payment is preferred at the first lesson.  We do allow for half payment at the first lesson with full payment due by end of the session period.  Unfortunately, we are not able to accept weekly payments at this time.  Financial assistance may be available for qualified riders through our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

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