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.
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)