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
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 $35/lesson. Participants sign up for a term of riding (between 6 and 9 weeks), so fees are generally between $210and $350 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.
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)