Therapeutic Riding Program


How it Works

Riding a horse provides a multi-dimensional movement pattern similar to the human gait. This motion influences the rider’s body leading to increased flexibility, core strength, motor skills, and intellectual functioning. What makes equine therapy unique is that it does not feel like traditional occupational, physical, or speech therapy to our clients. Horseback riding is an exciting and rewarding sport, and Hero Horse provides a fun, enriching, and supportive environment for our riders to reach their potential.

Taught by certified riding instructors with the assistance of volunteer aids, Hero Horse therapeutic riding lessons are 45 minutes to 1 hour twice a week. Depending on the needs of each rider, lessons can be group, semi-private or private. As much as possible, riders participate in pre-mounted and post-mounted horse care.


Outcomes of therapeutic riding can include improvements in:

  • Balance
  • Muscle strength
  • Physical endurance
  • Range of motion
  • Circulation
  • Respiration
  • Sensorimotor integration
  • Help to activate weak brain areas
  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Human-animal bonding skills
  • Social skills
  • Responsiveness and adaptability
  • Flexibility