“[Therapeutic driving] makes me happy because I like to be independent and take care of my responsibilities. I like to walk and trot and LOVE the serpentine!”
— UpReach Participant

Therapeutic Driving

Therapeutic driving is an equine-assisted program that provides a carriage or cart alternative for those participants who are unable to ride due to weight, balance, fatigue, and/or the ability to sit astride. Specific goals are identified for each participant and are supported by a team of PATH Intl. certified staff and trained volunteers.


Therapeutic driving lessons are specifically tailored to each individual's abilities and goals in mind. Therapeutic driving leads to:

  • Development of bi-lateral movement and planning skills
  • Improvement in posture and spatial orientation
  • Positive impact on communication skills and self-confidence
  • Development of motor skills, as well as hand-eye coordination and stability

Scheduling and Cost:

All lessons are taught by a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Driving Instructor ensuring that all activities occur safely for both humans and horses. Lessons occur year-round in our 90'x175' insulated arena and weather depending, participants can enjoy driving in the outdoor arena and around the barn. Lessons may be held in small groups or one-on-one.  Driving lessons are 30 minutes in length. Lessons occur Monday - Friday and participants take lessons once weekly. UpReach operates in six-week, seven-week, and eight-week terms, with participants attending lessons on the same day and time. Therapeutic driving lessons cost $40.00 per lesson and are billed by the term.  Please note: therapeutic driving is not billable to insurance. Payment or payment arrangements are due in advance and due dates are noted on the UpReach calendar. UpReach provides financial assistance based on income when scholarship funding is available.

For more information on how to get started, please contact Lauren Kochakian, Assistant Program Director at 603.497.2343