Riders

TRI offers therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to children and adults with disabilities, ages 4 and up.

Students are evaluated and assessed prior to admission into the program.  Progress is tracked and documented regularly, enabling the instructors to provide individualized instruction to each rider.

  • Group lessons are offered Monday – Thursday evenings 5 – 9pm, Tuesday mornings 10am – noon, and Saturday mornings 9am – 1pm.
  • Private lessons are scheduled individually with the instructors.
  • Group lessons are 30 minutes long. Private lessons are either 30 or 60 minutes long.
  • Riders come at the same time each week for the duration of the session.
  • Riders sign up for a session at a time but are not required to sign up for every session.
  • We have four sessions each year:
    • Early Bird Session (6 weeks) February – March
    • Spring/Summer Session (14 weeks) April – July
    • Fall Session (8 weeks) September – October
    • Holiday Session (5 weeks) November – December
  • Group lessons consist of 3-5 riders per class.  Riders will be assigned volunteer leaders and sidewalkers as needed.

Additional program offerings include:  grooming and tacking lessons, showmanship lessons, and dressage lessons.  TRI offers a Summer Camp each year – admission is limited to currently enrolled riders.

For information about field trips, tours, and other options for your group, please contact us at info@therapeuticridinginc.org or 734-677-0303.

If you are interested in learning more about riding with TRI, please contact us at 734-677-0303 or by email at info@therapeuticridinginc.org.  Please be aware that we currently have a Wait List for admission into the program.

Benefits of riding and equine assisted activities include:

The unique gait of the horse moves the rider’s body in a way that closely resembles the way people walk.  Riding and working with horses can supply a freedom that many of our students do not experience in their daily life. The ability to control a horse adds a sense of power that increases confidence and self-esteem.  Students have the opportunity to socialize and make new acquaintances that can become long term friends.

Physical

  • Sensory integration
  • Proprioception and spatial orientation
  • Fine and gross motor control
  • Postural alignment and control
  • Balance and coordination
  • Normalization of muscle tone
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Dexterity

Cognitive

  • Sequencing
  • Problem solving
  • Memory
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Self-expression
  • Task completion
  • Decision making
  • Executive functioning

Emotional

  • Improved self-esteem
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation
  • Sense of control
  • Empowerment
  • Increased confidence
  • Patience

  Social

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Empathy
  • Caregiving