Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic, because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.
As part of our program, children will be instructed on arena riding, games, interaction with horses, grooming, touching, and tacking. All based on the rider’s individual goals.
Therapeutic Horseback riding lessons are $65 per lesson and riders come once a week.
Our Trainers are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and have a strong Equestrian background. This combination ensures our riders a safe and quality lesson.
As a Johnson & Wales University graduate and PATH Certified Trainer, Stephanie Brings her love and knowledge of horses to all of her students.
Stephanie fell in love with horses at a young age, riding and competing throughout her childhood. Amidst earning her bachelor’s in equine studies, she discovered her passion for therapeutic riding while volunteering for course credits.
In the years following graduation, Stephanie instructed at several therapeutic riding facilities in New England helping to grow their programs. After the birth of her first child, Stephanie decided to slow things down and found her way to Helping Hooves in 2013. As our lead trainer Miss Stephanie instructs and manages lesson development, volunteers, and horse care.
Teaching children of different abilities is her passion, but in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and riding her own horse Chex.
PATH Certified Trainer
Massachusetts Licensed Trainer
CPR/ First Aid certified
Riding, like life, doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!