Adaptive Riding

Adaptive Riding involves a certified instructor, with trained volunteers, assisting riders to achieve therapeutic and other life goals, acquire horsemanship skills, and establish a special bond with their horse. It is the horse’s three-dimensional stride that makes Therapeutic Riding such an effective therapeutic tool. The horse’s movement simulates a normal human gait. This in turn stimulates the rider physically and cognitively toward reaching therapeutic goals. This gentle rhythmic movement helps improve balance, muscle control and tone, motor development and coordination, posture, strength, and overall body awareness. Many riders for the first time in their lives can experience the freedom and joy of independent movement.

​The relationship that can occur between a rider and their horse can help a rider overcome debilitating fears. As a rider learns that they can have control of a horse they can begin to learn that they can take control of themselves as well. Trust, impulse control, self-confidence, relationship building, and natural consequences are among the lessons learned. The opportunity to give verbal commands to the horse has allowed many of our riders to greatly improve their verbal skills and has even led to some of our riders speaking for the first time.

T.R.O.T.R. combines recreational horseback riding instruction with concepts of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social/emotional therapies to improve the riders in the following areas:


  • ​Improved balance
  • Posture & coordination (fine and gross motor skills)
  • Faster reflexes
  • Improved motor planning
  • Stretching of tight or spastic muscles
  • Decreased spasticity, increased range of motion
  • Reduction of abnormal movement patterns
  • Improved respiration and circulation
  • Improved appetite and digestion
  • Provides sensory integration
  • Normalization of muscle tone
  • Increased strength & stamina
  • Endurance and relaxation


  • ​Strengthens auditory short-term memory
  • Improves visual memory
  • Sequencing, patterning, and motor-planning
  • Improves math and reading skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Spatial relationships
  • Strengthens ability to follow directions
  • Improved eye-hand coordination


  • Provides a general sense of well-being
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Increased interest in the outside world and interest in one’s own life
  • Develops patience
  • Emotional control and self-discipline
  • Provides a sense of normality
  • ​Improves communication skills
  • Develops courage and a willingness to take risks
  • Social relationships improve
  • Breaks down barriers
  • Teaches Kindness
  • Develops respect and love for animals



  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmentally Delayed
  • Autism
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Visual and Hearing Impaired
  • Learning Disabled
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Brain / Spinal Cord Injury
  • Mentally and Emotionally Impaired
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)

We currently run our adaptive riding program on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

If you want to see our program in action, please let us know and we can set up a time for you to come to visit our facility.

T.R.O.T.R. offers riding sessions throughout the year. Each session is orientated towards the participant’s identified horsemanship and therapeutic goals. With the combination of safety and therapy as a priority, T.R.O.T.R.’s PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified instructors, specially trained horses, and caring volunteers provide a team second to none in assisting riders to experience accomplishments, interact socially, and learn new skills in an enriching environment.

Adaptive Riding at TROTR

  • Group classes (2 to 4 riders) are 1-2 hours/week for the length of session and lead by a PATH International certified Instructor or PATH Instructor-In-Training. Group classes are organized according to age, amount of assistance required and level of riding skill.
  • Semi-Private classes (2 riders) are 45 minutes a week for the length of session lead by a PATH International certified Instructor or PATH Instructor-In-Training.
  • Private classes (1 rider) are 30 minutes a week for the length of session lead by a PATH International certified Instructor or PATH Instructor-In-Training.
  • Services are offered year-round operating on a session-to-session basis (generally four sessions of services a year). Sessions can vary in length from 5 to 14 weeks, depending on the time of year. Classes are held Monday through Saturday at varying times. Participants register to receive services for the length of the session.
  • The cost of sessions is a flat rate of $50.00 per week
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