We offer year-round lessons and workshops for children and adults, and our therapeutic riding program for people with developmental and/or emotional disabilities.
Our therapeutic riding addresses diagnosed issues within the realm of a regular riding class plan. The individual remains top priority, not the diagnosis. Language and skills are modified to suit the cognitive ability of the rider. Age is irrelevant.
Comprehensive educational program – begins with the basics in a mutually enjoyable, confidence-building relationship between human and equine build up coordination, balance, conﬁdence, riding and group skills.
Sessions are geared toward the student who wants to work on body awareness and inner balance. Usually one-on-one. Equines are known to be healers of body, mind, and spirit
There are many documented benefits of riding, or equine activities, but the most important one here at Blue Rider is the benefit of the relationships formed when two beings meet to do something together. We reach out and touch the horse, whether to brush, or to mount, or just tosay hello. By doing so, we are also touched. In this moment, a relationship is kindled. This is the ground stone that the riding experience is based on. We experience the horse as the true instructor, with the human instructors being there to make a dialog possible. As this progresses, the relationship progresses. Through ups and downs the student learns tolerance, self-motivation, decision making skills, control, confidence, conflict-resolution, working with emotions, and many other life lessons. And always with a partner that doesn’t judge at all in the sense of cleverness, prettiness, how well liked one is… the only concern there is is to be safe and comfortable with one another, and to make sense of the situation. And the hardest lesson of course: to be true to ones feelings and to oneself. In this sense, riding is therapeutic for every being.
In our eyes at Blue Rider, there is also the soul connection that has to be taken into account. This may be the single most important aspect for us here to continue our riding programs to let the soul glow and evolve freely and compassionately. It is in this work that the human and the animal grow as beings together and conquer the restrictions that life and the world has put on them individually. This is the growth we look for, the therapeutic aspect of riding that touches everyone, whether or not they are “labeled” as needing therapy or not. The horses and other participants do not care what the issues are that bring the “client” to the barn. Everyone is there to learn and do the best they can and want to do.