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What is Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding:

According to Path International, "therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure." Professional instructors and dedicated volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding lessons. Riding classes are taught by a certified instructor who has a strong equine background, as well as an understanding of various abilities.

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 4 and up

  • Maximum weight of 150lbs

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

  • Free of contraindications to adaptive/therapeutic riding 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.


Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding classes are $40/lesson. Participants sign up for a term of riding (between 6 and 10 weeks), so fees are generally between $240 and $400 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.

Session Dates:

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

The 2023 - 2024 year is divided into 4 terms.

Term 1: September 18th to October 27th (6 weeks)

Term 2: November 6th to December 15th (6 weeks)

Term 3: January 15th to March 15th (9 weeks)

Term 4: April 8th to June 14th (10 weeks)

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