Adaptive riding lessons use adaptive teaching techniques and/or equipment to help riders learn riding and horsemanship skills through instruction from a PATH-certified instructor. Riders may be assisted by volunteers to lead the horse or walk along with the rider when necessary. The goal of riding is for each rider to become as independent as possible. Our instructors customize lessons to each rider’s needs. The horses in our program are calm and dependable, and are capable of helping our riders walk, trot, canter, and even jump. Our horses also enjoy trail rides and games.
Minimum age for participation is 4 years old. All potential riders are required to come to a free screening prior to signing up for lessons. Riding lessons at Mane Stream are offered in private and semi-private (2:1) lesson format with riders of similar age and abilities. The cost for a 30 minute private lesson is $55 and a semi-private lesson is $50, payable at the beginning of the session. To learn more about adaptive riding please check out our policies and procedures, which covers weight limits, payment, cancellation polices and much more.
THE BENEFITS OF ADAPTIVE RIDING
To an individual with a disability, horseback riding takes them into a new and unexplored world which provides a sense of independence and freedom that defies the disability. Adaptive riding activities provide benefits in areas of socialization, friendship and overall improvement of life. Riders are challenged in ways they have seldom been challenged before…and they love every minute of it!
All riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved equestrian helmet. Riders may bring their own or use one that Mane Stream provides. Riding equipment is customized to each riders' needs. A custom built mounting ramp and the Sure-Hands lift allow easy accessibility for riders using wheelchairs.
For more information contact:
Jen Dermody, Equine Manager