Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Currently there are approximately 160 riders in the program, and we have had riders from 3 to 99 years young! Riders participate in different riding programs ranging from sports riding (aimed at those who want to compete), through strictly therapeutic to recreational riding.
There are three sessions annually at PRDA
Fall Session - September through December
**PRDA also offers a Summer Session in July and August which is separate from our regular program. Please see the Summer Session tab at the top of the webpage for more information on summer session.
The sessions vary from 8 to 14 weeks, depending on how many holidays fall into the session. Classes run Monday through Saturday, and last 30 to 45 minutes.
Unfortunately, we do have a bit of a wait list at PRDA. Our programs are effective and popular, and this means that we do have a list of people who are waiting for entrance into one of our programs. The wait varies in length based on the availability of the rider and the spots that become open in the program.
The Programs offered at PRDA are:
Equine Assisted Personal Development
Horseplay is an interactive experience with individuals or groups where the horses are our partners in learning about effective communication styles, body language and our own personal skills. This program does not involve riding the horses necessarily, but is more focused on learning what the horses can teach us about ourselves. Guided by certified Equine Assisted Personal Development Coaches, HorsePlay helps individuals gain confidence and learn valuable life lessons. Groups or corporate teams learn effective communication and collaboration skills, and strengths and challenges within the team framework. HorsePlay will show teams how to work together in the most efficient way possible, while utilizing everyone's strengths. Please contact us if you think HorsePlay can help you or your team.
Join Our Programs
Do you think therapeutic horseback riding would be beneficial for you or someone you know? Please send in a new rider application package and join our program. There is currently a short wait to get into our program, depending on the level of flexibility new riders have in their schedules.
The first step to becoming a rider is getting the rider package filled in, including the Physician's Referral, and sending the completed package back into our office. Once we receive the completed package, we will go over it and see if we have any spots available in our schedule that would be a good fit for the prospective rider. When a spot becomes available the new rider will be called in for an assessment. The assessment is when we get to meet the new rider, and the new rider gets to meet us, our horses and see our facility. The assessment is unmounted, so there is no riding, we save that for the first lesson.
There is a cost associated with our program. The cost depends on the length of the lesson. Most of our lessons are 30 minutes, and the cost is $37 for non-funded riders, and $39 for funded riders. Some of our competitive sport riders ride for 45 minutes, with a cost of $52 for non-funded riders, and $55 for funded riders. We bill on a session schedule, generally between 10-14 weeks, and the full amount is due at the beginning of your first lesson.
Some of our riders do receive funding from outside agencies. We currently have riders funded through the Autism Funding Unit, the At Home Program, Variety and CKNW. It is up to the rider/family to secure their own funding before the start of session.
Download your copy of the New Rider Application here:
Child Package (Under 19 Years Old)
Adult Package (Over 19 Years Old)