About the Program

Empowering Strides provides therapeutic horsemanship to children who face behavioral, emotional and/or cognitive challenges. Through the use of horses we can offer youth a different perspective. Horses often mirror the emotions of their handler which allows the horse to teach a child far easier than an authoritative figure. Horses gently encourage a new awareness and connection in people that grows a person’s self-awareness and leadership abilities.

"By altering how we visualize our relationships with horses we discern a pathway leading to self-Improvement fulfillment and awareness." -Dr. Allan J. Hamilton, Zen Mind Zen Horse

At Empowering Strides we teach in a careful and supportive way. A trained volunteer works beside each rider throughout their lesson while a certified instructor leads all classes. We set individual goals for each rider and patiently work on skills such as communication, teamwork and fitness. And, yes, one of our goals is “just pure fun.” Every rider learns some measure of riding and horse skills, and some riders become quite accomplished.

 A Typical Lesson

Most lessons will be one hour long and consist of two riders, a few volunteers and an instructor. Each lesson will begin with time for each rider to groom their horse and learn more about how to care for these animals. About thirty minutes of each lesson will be devoted to our riding portion. During riding your child will work on valuable horsemanship skills like mounting and dismounting their horse properly, steering, trotting and halting through the use of obstacles and games. Our work goes beyond riding though. Each student will work on their communication skills, teamwork, self-evaluation, fitness, spatial awareness and much more.

Why Therapeutic Horsemanship?

Horses react to our emotions, what lies in our heart and not in our heads. This offers us a respite from thinking about ourselves yet projects a mirror of our own emotions onto our four legged counterparts. The horse helps the student understand how personal behavior and attitude affects those around us. Once students understand the things they are responsible for in a relationship, they learn to modify their behavior in order to improve the bond with the horse. Creating a healthy relationship with an animal can guide students to more successful relationships at home, school and in the community.
Some of the many benefits that Therapeutic Horsemanship can produce include:
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Anger and anxiety management
  • Relationship building skills
  • Communication
  • Boundary setting
  • Self-evaluation
  • Cooperation and teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Successful planning and completion of tasks
  • Increased self-discipline and responsibility
  • Empathy and respect for others

Lesson Schedule

  • Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 7pm
  • Saturdays from 11am to 3pm
  • Current availability: We are full! Please check back!

Lesson Payment

Payment is due before the beginning of a lesson. Cash, check or card using our square reader.
  • Semi-Private: $50 per lesson
  • Semi-Private Package: $180 for four lessons
  • Semi-Private lessons will be scheduled at discretion of instructor
  • Private Lesson: $75 per lesson
  • Private Lesson Package: $270 for four lessons
  • All new students must start with private lessons for evaluation