Therapeutic Riding

“Horses lend us the wings we lack”

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding

~Author Unknown


SHRC offers individual lessons and group packages for Therapeutic Riding.

Private Therapeutic Riding Lessons $75.00 each lesson

Group Therapeutic Session (8 weeks) $480.00 for 8 classes (session rate only)

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Private lessons are scheduled individually with the instructor and paid at the time of each lesson. Lesson cancellation for any reason requires at least 24 hour notice. Any lessons cancelled within 24 hours of their scheduled time must still be paid.

Therapeutic Sessions run for 8 weeks, with one class per week at a time designated by the instructor. Sessions are paid in advance at the start of the session. These group classes, currently held on Saturday mornings, are grouped according to abilities. If you miss a scheduled Therapeutic Session, you may make up ONE class in the week following the final class of the session. Make-up lessons for missed group Therapeutic Sessions are only done on this 9th week. The following (10th) week is a rest period for both instructors and horses and no makeup classes or lessons will be scheduled. Starting in 2015 extra days have been scheduled between sessions to allow for schedule adjustments due to extreme weather. Session dates are subject to change according to instructor evaluation of weather conditions.

Costs are: $480 for an 8-week session ( 1 day per week).
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How to begin

All clients who wish to be a part of our Therapeutic Riding program must complete an in-person assessment of their needs and riding abilities. Prior to making an introductory assessment appointment with Johnny Higginson (our Program Director) please fill out the SHRC Rider Packet. A $75.00 assessment fee is required at the time of assessment. If the client registers for a Therapeutic Session, this fee can be applied to the $480 session cost. Assessment appointments are available seven days a week. To make an appointment, please email: or call 818-875-8322.

About our Program

Our PATH International certified instructors have the experience to teach riders of all abilities. The riders are grouped according to their individual goals and abilities into carefully planned classes that are tailored to meet their needs and desired outcome.

Therapeutic RidingTherapeutic Riding has been around for a long time. It was used by the ancient Romans to rehabilitate their soldiers and in England during the 1960’s many Therapeutic Riding centers were established. Global research documents the holistic benefits and successful healing accomplished through Equine Assisted Activities, Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, as an alternative treatment to traditional therapy.
Horses provide a unique neuromuscular stimulation when being ridden through their one of a kind movement. Horses move in a three-beat rhythmic motion that mimics the human movement of walking. While riding, the horses stride acts to move the rider’s pelvis in the same rotation and side-to-side movement that occurs when walking. The horses adjustable gait promotes riders to constantly adjust the speed to achieve the desired pelvic motion while promoting strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and confidence. One does not have to ride to achieve the desired effects of therapy. Horses can act as an aid by giving those with disabilities a companion to care for.
Therapeutic riding techniques used today started with Liz Hartel from Denmark. Her legs were paralyzed from polio but with horse therapy she was able to win the silver medal for dressage in the 1952 Olympic Games. The first riding centers in North America began in the 1960’s.

The amount of benefit gained through therapeutic riding differs from person to person based on many factors such as the type of disability, severity of disability, motivation of the rider and connection between horse and rider. Unlike exercise machines that only focus on one muscle group at a time and do not use natural body movements, riding forces the rider to make use of the entire body to steer, control, adjust the horse and maintain balance. Because horses require not only physical skill but also cognitive skill for achievement, riding reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the rider. While most traditional therapeutic techniques often reach a plateau where the patient may lose motivation, the pleasure and excitement of riding acts to encourage patients to work through the pain and discomfort. The act of accomplishing something many able-bodied people are afraid to try is a benefit to those with disabilities in itself.

From a child with Down syndrome, to an adult with a spinal cord injury, to a teenager with autism, therapeutic horsemanship has increasingly been shown to provide numerous physical, emotional and mental rewards. It is the goal of Shadow Hills Riding Club to have a positive impact on every client’s personal life by enhancing their physical well-being, cognitive abilities and communication skills, all the while building self-esteem and confidence.
All sessions are taught by a PATH International Certified Therapeutic instructor.

Shadow Hills Riding Club offers a limited number of Therapeutic Rider Scholarships each year. Click here to apply for a Therapeutic Rider Scholarship. SHRC relies on fundraising events and the generous contributions from donors for scholarship funding; therefore available scholarship funds will vary from session to session.If you would like to donate to our Therapeutic Rider Scholarship fund, please use the link below to donate through Paypal.

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