GROUP THERAPEUTIC RIDING LESSONS
Heavenly Hoofs offers weekly group therapeutic riding lessons for individuals with a diagnosed mental or physical disability. Lessons are facilitated by a PATH certified riding instructor and are designed to improve a variety of skills such as balance, focus, coordination, flexibility, and muscular strength while instilling a sense of accomplishment in every student.
Our one hour group lessons are fun and interactive and involve riding, grooming and games in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Please refer to the Class Schedule under the PROGRAMS MENU for dates and times. If you would like to register your student for Group Therapeutic Riding Lessons please download and complete the Participant Application below. Once completed please contact Caity Wall at 407-933-7433, ext 2 to set up an appointment for a New student Evaluation.
When are riding lessons offered?
Group lessons are conducted in quarterly semesters which typically run 9-12 weeks. Riders are assigned a specific time that they will participate once a week for a one-hour lesson. A group class typically includes 3 riders with 4 riders as the maximum.
What does a riding lesson consist of?
In a typical class the first 10 to 15 minutes will be allocated for the rider to help the trained volunteers groom and tack the horse. The level of the rider’s participation in this phase is entirely dependent on his or her ability.
The beginning of the mounted lesson will be typically dedicated to stretching and warming up. The instructor will then work on teaching horsemanship skills, usually by first reviewing what was accomplished in the previous class and going on from there.
The last part of the class will consists of playing a variety of games and activities on horseback. After the riding time is over, a rider will then have the opportunity to help lead the horse back to the barn and assist with removing the tack.
How much does it cost to participate?
A one time $25 evaluation fee is due at the evaluation appointment. Each weekly lesson is $25.
Please Note: When signing up for a semester you are committing to pay for each class that is provided to your student during the semester regardless of their attendance. Invoices for the entire semester will be provided at the time of registration and are due on the 1st of each month. So, if there are 4 classes in the month of March, then $100 would be due on March 1st.
Credit cards are accepted on our website, but cash or checks are preferred. Fees charged represent only a fraction of the actual cost of a lesson. We are always working to keep our classes affordable to all. Lots of fundraising goes on behind the scenes to make this possible.