Therapeutic horseback riding is a recreational sport where riders develop basic riding and horsemanship skills while deriving physical, emotional and behavioral benefits. Riders on horseback can gain more flexibility, balance and muscle strength. The unique relationships riders develop with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem and foster feelings of independence and pride.
What can you expect?
Riders will receive one-on-one instruction from a teacher who is either certified by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International or working toward certification. Each weekly session is 30 minutes and may be conducted outdoors (weather permitting) and/or in our indoor arena. Lessons consist of a beginning warm-up period, a review of skills learned in previous lessons, introduction of a new skill, followed whenever possible by games played with fellow riders that utilize one or more of the skills riders have been learning.
Who can participate?
Pony Power Therapies offers a safe and nurturing environment where we strive to make riding accessible to as many participants as possible. We accept riders as young as 2 ½, with no upper limit on age. For safety reasons, Pony Power imposes height and weight restrictions.
What should you wear?
All riders must wear a properly fitted ASTM-SEI approved helmet and closed-toe shoes. While we use safety stirrups, we recommend that riders wear a closed-toe shoe/boot with a heel instead of a sneaker. For your comfort we also recommend riders wear long pants and dress accordingly for weather.
How do you get started?
Pony Power Therapies offers 12-week sessions from September through December and March through June; a four-week winter session; and summer extended day programs in July and August. All riders must submit a new rider packet, which includes a medical history and release from your physician. For more information on fees and scheduling, please call 201-934-1001 or submit queries below.