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All new Adaptive Riding (see below) clients must go through our evaluation process and pay a $100 evaluation fee at time of evaluation.
Adaptive Riding Lessons are equestrian skill based lessons for people with disabilities. The focus of the lessons is skill development and progression while improving the rider’s physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social skills. Taught by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association International (PATH Intl’) Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and assisted by volunteer aids, helping the rider reach their full potential is of paramount importance. Often times the riders participate in pre-mounted and post-mounted horse care. Riders that have physical, intellectual, cognitive, developmental, and/or learning differences can benefit from Adaptive Riding Lessons.
Horsemanship lessons are primarily (but not exclusively) ridden, equestrian skill-based lessons. The focus is skill development and progression. Horsemanship focuses on the rider's ability to seamlessly communicate with his/her horse on the ground and in the saddle. Taught by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association International (PATH Intl’) Certified Riding Instructor, helping the rider reach their full potential is of paramount importance. Often times the riders also participate in pre-mounted and post-mounted horse care.
Group vs Private Lessons
Group classes are one hour long (15 minutes of tacking and untacking, 45 minutes of riding) and have a maximum of 4 riders per class. Group classes are beneficial due to the opportunity to interact with other riders and families. Riders can also learn from the other students in the class and enjoy group activities. All riders new to GaitWay are strongly encouraged to register for group lessons. Riders are scheduled by age, skill level, and availability.
Private classes are one hour long (15 minutes of tacking and untacking, 45 minutes of riding) and recommended for riders who desire the one on one attention to improve their skills. Private lessons are especially beneficial for students who are honing their skills for competition. In the event that a student signs up for a group lesson and due to enrollment is the only person in a time slot, they will pay the group rate with the understanding that available spots will be subject to filling.
GaitWay is a member center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). PATH Intl. provides guidelines for precautions for participants with certain limitations as well as conditions that are contraindicated for mounted equine-assisted activities.