Our purpose is to provide therapeutic horseback riding lessons and activities for persons with special needs. The goal of recreational therapeutic riding is to develop attainable goals achieved through riding skills. The types of special needs served include, but are not limited to: physically, mentally, learning, hearing and visually impaired. Ages will vary from 2 years of age through adult. Some of the benefits obtained from riding are: improved self-image and confidence, enhanced muscle tone, improvement of balance and coordination, teaches responsibility and social integration. Our program focuses on the recreation/sport aspect of therapeutic riding.
Pegasus Special Riders is an operating center member of (NARHA) North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. NARHA sets the standards for safety, accreditation, instruction certification, insurance coverage and seminars.
The following material is required before a student is accepted
- Rider Liability Release Form
- Physician's Release Form
- Medical History Form
- Signed Rider Emergency Medical Treatment Release Form
- Rider Photo Release Form (Optional)
- Rider information/registration Form
Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Medical forms must be delivered before a rider is able to ride. We can not evaluate a rider without these forms.
Classes may includes: basic instructions in grooming, tacking, horsemanship, riding skills, and mounted exercises.
Factors Which Determine Who Will Ride
- Availability of suitable horse as to size, temperament and training as well as rider's needs.
- Availability of qualified instructors.
- Determination of the rider as it pertains to the therapeutic benefits. completed applications and call availability.
- Safety helmets are provided and must be worn at all times. Riders may bring their own helmets but, they must be approved by the instructor. Before entering the riding arena wait for a volunteer and/or instructor to greet you and assist you with your helmet.
- Long pants are required riding gear.
- Shoes with sturdy heels such as oxfords or riding boots are recommended. Absolutely no sneakers, sandals or open toe shoes, please. Tennis shoes may be used if they have a sturdy heel.
Safety to our riders, volunteers, horses and staff are important concerns. Classes will be canceled for the following reasons:
- Extreme temperature conditions
- High winds
- Electrical storms, thunderstorms or tornado warnings.
Pegasus Special Riders maintains the right to refuse a student riding privileges even though a physicians release form has been signed. It is important to realize that working around horses can involve potentially risky situations. Although all necessary measures are taken to reduce these risks, there is always a chance of injury.
These risks should be carefully considered before starting class. If it is determined that a students behavior, physical or medical condition creates an unsafe or unhealthy situation for any member of our staff, volunteers, therapist, horses etc., that student will be excused from class.
We strive very hard to keep costs low. The bulk of our funds earned to support this riding program will come from our community, private and corporate donations, and yearly fundraising events. Each year in conjunction with our annual fund raising event we invite each student along with his/her family to join us in the celebration efforts by becoming more involved in helping to raise funds to keep our program alive. We receive no Federal or State funding. All people involved with our riding program are volunteers donating their valuable time and efforts. The cost of the riding program is $120.00 per six week sessions. This includes six scheduled lessons, payable on or before the start of the six week session. There will be six - six week sessions in our riding season.
THERE IS A $35 FEE FOR INSURANCE PER RIDER. THE CLIENT IS REQUIRED TO COVER THIS ONCE A YEAR COST PAYABLE AT THE TIME OF THE FIRST LESSON.
- Arrive on time
- Give 24 hour cancellation notice
- Dress according to the dress code
- Notify the executive director, instructor and/or therapist of any changing conditions of the student/rider. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
- Respect designated marked areas.
- Parents, brothers and sisters are welcome to observe but, shall maintain a low profile. Utilization of the viewing room is highly recommended.
- Only (1) student at a time is allowed on the loading ramp. Parents please remain with your child until a volunteer greets them.
- Help keep our area clean and quiet, free of distraction so students can give their instructor and horse their full attention.
- Please do not feed the horses unless authorized by the instructor.
We always encourage all of our students and parents to get involved. There are numerous opportunities to do so, and we greatly appreciate your efforts. Pegasus Special Riders operates as a team and we can use your help! As we continue to grow and expand, we will rely on increased support from you and from our community. Your time and involvement is always welcome!
THANKS for being a part of the Pegasus Special Riders team!
If you would like to receive a student application you can call us at (815) 973-3177 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or download now.
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