Therapeutic riding, is offered one-on-one for special needs individuals. This program combines with our Adaptive Vaulting program where riders can ride at the halt, walk, trot or canter. Most students quickly relax and harmonize with the horse, gaining balance, coordination, and body strength through the constant stimulation of countless muscles. We use special equipment: a comfortable, non-slippery pad on the horse's back, and a surcingle with two big handles instead of a traditional saddle. This allows the rider to feel closer to the horse, to change positions (backwards, knees, etc.), and to hold on when desired. All sorts of exercises, done as an individual or as a pair, provide a variety and sense of achievement, which is a great boost for the rider's self-esteem--not to mention the FUN! The lungeur or leader controls the horse, which makes it very safe and allows the rider to focus on what they are doing. In addition, we use side walkers as needed and occasionally a back rider for safety and instruction. There are also opportunities to participate in local competitions or shows and earn ribbons! All lessons are open to individuals of ALL ages and abilities. Taught 'one-on-one' with one of our PATH Certified instructors.