Therapeutic riding helps me learn how to balance myself so I am better at using my crutches. It has helped my legs get stronger.”
— UpReach Participant

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is a mounted, equine-assisted program that enables participants to improve cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral abilities by learning equestrian riding skills. Specific goals are identified for each participant and are supported by a team of PATH Intl. certified staff and trained volunteers. 


Therapeutic riding lessons are specifically tailored to each individual's abilities and goals. When on the back of a horse, the rider's pelvis naturally moves in a manner that closely mimics walking. Therapeutic riding leads to:

  • Horsemanship and supporting skills, such as communication, decision-making, and problem-solving
  • Increase in self-esteem, self-confidence, motivation, and well-being
  • Transfer of improvements in fine and gross motor skills to personal functional skills

Scheduling and Cost:

All lessons are taught by a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding 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 the outdoor arena and a two mile sensory trail. Most lessons are held in groups of two or more participants and are 60 minutes in length. Lessons occur Monday - Friday and participants take lessons once a week. UpReach operates in six-week, seven-week, and eight-week terms, with participants attending lessons on the same day and time. Therapeutic riding lessons cost $55.00 per lesson and are billed by the term.  Please note: therapeutic riding 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.