Albany Therapeutic Riding Center offers customized therapeutic riding services to individuals from youth to adults. Programs are developed based upon the individual needs of the student. We work on a range of goals to assist in addressing specific areas including but not limited to muscular, cognitive, speech/communication, listening skills, anxiety/stress reduction, and other objectives. Students come to us from a range of backgrounds and, together, we strive for success on each one's own terms. Private lessons last approximately 30 minutes to one hour and are typically held on weekends and some weeknights. Lessons are weather dependent, as they are held outdoors.
*We welcome students from youth 4 years and older to senior citizens, We welcome students in residential programs to participate
We are veteran friendly and welcome disabled veterans to come for lessons or to volunteer
While on horseback, the movement is similar to the human gait and therefore may enable the use of muscles that might not be engaged on a regular basis. We take great pride in enabling people who might not otherwise be able to access a social or recreational program to enjoy therapeutic horseback riding. People with a wide range of challenges may be aided by therapeutic horseback riding. Please inquire how we might help you or a loved one. Some of the populations that we serve include but are not limited to:
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Paraplegia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, PTSD, Visual and Hearing Impairment, Spina Bifida, Veterans, Youth at Risk, and other Physical, Social, and Learning Disabilities
Programs are flexible and custom-tailored to need. Please contact us for additional information. Each student is provided with a customized riding plan to meet their goals. Our Certified Riding Instructor periodically reviews the plan to make any adjustments which may be needed as skills are mastered or as other objectives emerge.
Mounted and unmounted lessons are given on an individual and group basis and are planned by the staff and riding instructor. Physical and/or behavioral goals are established for each student and a lesson plan is developed to achieve those goals. Each student is re-evaluated periodically to assess their progress and to determine if any changes are required to their riding plan. Lessons include riding in both English and Western disciplines, grooming and groundwork, horse care, as well as other horse related activities.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RIDING, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE RIDER APPLICATION, FILL IT OUT, AND MAIL THE APPLICATION TO:
Albany Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 91
Slingerlands, NY 12159