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What is Stable Management?

The Stable Management programs are unmounted programs designed to teach those of diverse abilities about horse care, horsemanship, and safety in a barn setting. The VTRA Stable Management Programs take place in the barn and teach a variety of skills, from gaining confidence around horses, to learning to groom or maintain tack.

To serve our community better, we offer 4 distinct programs under the Stable Management umbrella, each designed to offer specific outcomes to participants: Beginner/Intermediate Stable Management, Stable Mates, Barn Buddies, and Vocational Stable Management.

Although criteria for participation is program-specific, we require participants to be seizure- free for the past 12 months if unmedicated or for 6 months if currently on medication, and to be free of any contraindications to equine-assisted activities. 

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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 equine 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.


Stable Management classes are $30/lesson. Participants sign up for a term of riding (between 6 and 10 weeks), so fees are generally between $180 and $300 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.

2022 - 2023 Session Dates:

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

The 2022 - 2023 year is divided into 4 terms.

Term 1: September 12th to October 28th (7 weeks)

Term 2: November 7th to December 16th (6 weeks)

Term 3: January 16th to March 17th (9 weeks)

Term 4: April 11th to June 16th (10 weeks)

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