Riders develop a sense of well-being, improve self-confidence and self-initiative, as well as a sense of independence and acceptance. Therapeutic riding contributes positively to balance, reflexes, cognitive skills, focus, and communication skills of individuals through the learning of horsemanship skills.
Group Lessons: $35/lesson/rider
Group lessons are 50-60 minutes long and include 2-5 riders depending on the skill level of the participants. These lessons are offered year-round. Reach 4A Star Riding Academy offers a sliding scale for individuals on a limited income who need assistance with affording this valuable service.
Private Lessons: $45/lesson
Private lessons are 50-60 minutes long and are offered year-round. Reach 4A Star does not offer the sliding scale for private lessons.
Special Olympics Equestrian Training: $35/lesson
Special Olympics requires athletes to have a minimum of 10 hours of training prior to competition, but they recommend 20 hours of training for equestrian events. Special Olympics State Equestrian Competition is held in August, so training starts the beginning of May to ensure athletes have enough training prior to competing. Reach 4A Star offers the sliding scale for athletes wanting to train for the equestrian competition.
Equine Assisted Learning
Participants explore previously unrecognized leadership qualities while developing positive communication skills through shared experiences with horses, certified riding instructors, and when necessary, other credentialed practitioners. Equine assisted learning is an educational approach focusing on personal growth, teamwork, and development of life skills through equine interactions and partnerships.
Group Lessons: Prices vary
Group lessons typically range from 90-120 minutes in duration. Group size varies from 3-8 and lessons are offered year-round.
Private Lessons: $45/lesson
Private lessons are 50-60 minutes long and are offered year-round.
Camps: Prices vary
Half-day and Full-Day camps are available. Curriculum is designed specific to each group. Group size not to exceed 30 people. Camps are not available from Nov.-Mar.
Workshops: Prices vary
Workshops are 1-½ to 2 days in duration for groups ideally no larger than 10. Curriculum is designed specific to each group and are available year round.
Veterans participate in individual and group lessons beginning with ground/unmounted lessons and progressing to riding/mounted lessons.
Equine Assisted Therapies
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: This approach involves a Licensed Mental Health Professional and an Equine Specialist to address client goals. This therapy is an interactive process between the horse, client, and therapist to foster empathy, trust, relationship building, emotional control, and communication skills. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy will become available soon.
Hippotherapy: This treatment strategy is used by physical and occupational therapists, as well as speech pathologists, to address functional limitations or concerns. The movement of the horse facilitates improved core strength, flexibility, muscle tone, neurological function, and sensory processing. Hippotherapy via Occupational Therapy will become available in the Fall of 2018.