“More Than Just a Pony Ride,” therapeutic riding is a unique program that uses horses as therapists. While learning riding and horsemanship skills, people with mental, emotional and/or physical disabilities gain a host of benefits. For anyone with a disability, equestrian activities can be a way to discover a whole new world of adventure, freedom, responsibility, dignity and excitement. It is also a way to improve concentration, balance, coordination and strengthen muscles. Most importantly, it provides an overwhelming sense of accomplishment for everyone involved – riders, volunteers, caregivers and instructors.

People may participate for a variety of reasons and in order to meet each rider’s individual needs their program is specifically designed for them. Lessons may include games, exercises, trail rides, riding instruction, or horsemanship skills such as grooming, leading, feeding etc. 


The goal of the program is for the rider to be as independent as possible, however in some cases volunteers are there to assist in interpreting the instructor’s wishes and helping the rider carry them out. The level of this assistance is different for every rider depending on individual abilities.

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FEE SCHEDULE: :   We have  3 sessions per year consisting of 8 weeks each with a maximum of 2-3  participants/lesson. The Fee for one session is $280/participant (1/2 hour weekly for 8 weeks).

NWTEA is  now accepting applications for these sessions. Please fill out the required applications if you want to take lessons or to become a volunteer. There will be a returning participant package, but only for returning participants, otherwise we need the full application filled out.  Spaces for the lessons are always filling up fast, but we are in need for volunteers!

For more information please contact Michelle Barber: 250-638-8266 OR Lisa Strydom: 250-638-1706

The Indoor Arena will be closed to the public during the Therapeutic Riding Times. We are asking that all riders be out of the arena at least 10 minutes before Therapeutic Riding starts.

For more info on Therapeutic Riding, call Judy Eisner: 250-635-5539