FAQs for riders and parents
How long are the lessons?
Each lesson consists of approximately 45 minutes of horseback riding.
What does a lesson look like?
It depends on the rider's age and disability but also their ability to understand and follow instructions. We usually start with a short trail ride as a way to warm up and get used to the horse's motion. Back in the arena, we either play a variety of games designed to improve motor skills or teach basic level riding skills. However some riders favor a simple trail ride, which we can of course provide.
What if my child gets scared?
Horses can be scary while standing next to them, let alone when siting on top of them! Our volunteers will help introduce your child to horses safely and sooth their fears. Horses are not for everyone, so if it is your first time, please reach out to us for a 1/2 price visit!
Do you need to have experience with horses?
No, you do not need to know horses to beneficiate from horseback riding therapy. If you do, that's great, you are already ahead of the curve!
Who can beneficiate from our program?
Equestrian Therapy Co-Op services are suitable to individuals suffering from both developmental and physical disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD and more.
Are you open year round?
Yes! However, we close on occasions due to unfavorable weather conditions, special events taking place on the property, and operate at limited capacity during the summer months when Camp Alonim is in session.
What to wear?
We recommend the riders wear long pants and sturdy closed toed shoes. Dress according to the weather.
What happens during bad weather?
In case of inclement weather, such as extreme heat, high wind events or rain, our lessons will be canceled. Please refer to our cancelation policy. We do not have indoor facilities.
How many people will assist my child during the riding lesson?
It depends on the needs, disability and/or age of the rider. For example, an able-body rider with the ability to understand and follow instructions may only require one volunteer, while a rider with a physical disability may require a person to handle the horse and up to 4 others to help secure them in the saddle and facilitate the games.
Is specialized tack or equipment used for therapeutic riding lessons?
We use the same equipment as any english or western riding facility. We never use straps or belts secured to the horse as we feel they represent a safety hazard for the rider.
What kind of horse do you use?
Many horse breeds can be used for therapy, it just happens that most of our horses are quarter horses. They are well trained and have calm and friendly personalities that are perfectly suited to this kind of work. Each rider will be matched to a horse based on their size and riding ability.