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What is Adaptive Driving?

According to Path International, "Carriage Driving is a fast growing sport. It can offer students the rewards of interaction and control of a horse or pony while driving from a carriage seat or in their own wheelchair in a carriage modified to accommodate their wheelchair. Carriage driving gives participants a riding alternative, opening up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to weight, balance, fatigue, allergies, asthma, fear of heights, the inability to sit astride, or other issues. Therapeutic Driving is about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing, and driving skills to children and adults using teamwork. It takes three to five volunteers to make one driving turn out!"

Parameters for Participation:

  • We serve those with a variety of diverse abilities and diagnoses including but not limited to: ASD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, Anxiety, Depression, Down Syndrome, etc.

  • Ages 10 and up

  • Seizure-free for the past 6 months if on seizure medication or 1 year if unmedicated

  • Free of contraindications to adaptive driving or safety concerns

Important Note:

Before participating, prospective participants must consult with a physician. CanTRA (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association) and PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) require participants in a therapeutic/adaptive riding program to present a completed medical history and signed physician’s consult forms. Forms are sent to you in the Intake Package after the initial inquiry process has been completed.

Fees:

Adaptive Driving classes are $30/lesson. Participants sign up for a term of riding (between 6 and 9 weeks), so fees are generally between $180 and $270 per term. Payment is due prior to the start of the riding term. 

A variety of funding sources including Autism Funding Unit, Jumpstart, KidSport, and school funding can be applied to VTRA Programs.

2021 - 2022 Session Dates:

VTRA programs run September to June. There are no classes on Stat holidays.

The 2021 - 2022 year is divided into 4 terms.

Term 1: September 13th to October 29th (7 weeks)

Term 2: November 8th to December 17th (6 weeks)

Term 3: January 10th to March 11th (9 weeks)

Term 4: April 4th to June 3rd (9 weeks)

Adaptive Driving runs Thursday mornings in Term 1 2021/2022.