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Therapeutic Riding

What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic Riding (TR) is a branch of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) in which participants learn a “whole horse” approach to horsemanship and horseback riding skills. At Promise Ranch, TR lessons are provided under the direction of a PATH Int’l. Certified therapeutic riding instructor, and are tailored to meet each participant’s needs and desires. In addition to teaching the skills listed below (among many others), our instructors also include a variety of fun and educational games and activities that enhance each lesson experience.


Participants have the opportunity to learn such horsemanship skills as:

• Safety around horses
• Catching, haltering and leading a horse
• Grooming and bathing
• Tacking and untacking
• Exercising a horse in the round pen

When riding, participants may learn how to:

• Perform warm-up exercises for balance and strength
• Ask a horse to go and stop
• Steer a horse through, around, and over obstacles
• Ride at walk, trot, and canter in the arena or on the trail
• Participate in competitions
• Ride a specific discipline (EX: jumping, dressage, western pleasure)

In addition to the skills listed above, participants may also learn about:

• Basic horse psychology
• Proper feeding and watering
• Proper daily care requirements
• Common ailments and injuries
• Basic equine first aid

At Promise Ranch, we focus on teaching to the participant’s interests and are happy to help provide a well-rounded equestrian education and experience.


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