Balance, coordination and muscle tone improve through exercises done on horseback. Psychological benefits include increased independence, motivation and self-control. Vocabulary development and sequential learning contribute to cognitive gains, and self-esteem soars as the riders learn to control their mounts. Group lessons are $30 for half an hour. Advanced classes are $45.00 for 45 minutes.
Therapeutic Driving is an equine activity for people with various disabilities, in which the participant sits in a cart, pulled by a horse and learns the skills necessary to drive a horse. Driving is available for any participant who is interested in learning this skill, and also offers further independence and opportunity to participants who are unable or uninterested in riding for various reasons. Lessons for persons with disabilites is $50 per hour.
A Free carriage driving program for disabled veterans and first responders.
Horsemanship Field Trips (non-riding)
Equine Facilitated Learning Programs - Social Skills programs
This a a job skills training program for individuals with disabilities ages 22 and older. Learn how to take care of a barn environment, take care of horses, learn to grow vegetables and care for a garden.
This program is for organizations and groups to work on teamwork and leadership skills with the help of horses.
Welcome to Inspire Equine Therapy Program. We teach basic riding, driving and horsemanship skills to participants of all ages with special needs. Our main focus is working with participants that are 10 years or older. Our program is designed to benefit our participants physically, socially, and emotionally by using horses and volunteers who are trained to work with individuals of varying abilities.
Upon completion of the registration forms, please return them to the office as quickly as possible. Once the forms have been reviewed by our Executive Director, if you are eligible for the program you will be contacted to schedule a time for you to come in for an evaluation ride. There will be a one-time, non-refundable $30.00 fee for the rider evaluation. The Evaluation Team will make a recommendation for placement into a class.
Riders at Inspire are placed into the most appropriate class according to the participant's abilities and age. We try to take scheduling preferences of the participant and caregivers into account when placing participants into classes; however, Inspire cannot guarantee the day and/or time that you prefer will be available. Please check the calendar on our website for the most current lesson schedule. If there is not an opening in a class appropriate for your abilities and age, then you will be placed on a waiting list until space opens up.
When you receive your scheduled lesson time, please make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your lesson. This will give you the necessary preparation time before mounting. We do keep attendance records. All participants are permitted 2 absences (excused or unexcused, payment still required). If the participant is absent 3 times per session, the participant will be removed from the lesson roster and placed at the end of the current waiting list. In order to avoid disrupting the lessons and for safety reasons, when a rider arrives 15 minutes late he/she will not be permitted to participate when the class has already started. 2 tardy arrivals will be considered 1 absence.
Ongoing evaluations are done periodically on the progress of participants. If a participant has been evaluated as not gaining benefit from equine therapy, he/she may be removed from a class and reassigned or removed from the program in order to make room for another participant who may be able to benefit from equine therapy.
A participant may be excused due to medically related issues or needs that take him/her out of the program for 2 months or less, and Inspire will hold their place in the program session provided the participant’s fees are paid and kept current.
Participant Registration Paperwork