Therapeutic Riding

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

Lessons are one hour long and consist of a rider, 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.

Lesson Schedule

  • Mondays at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
  • Tuesdays at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
  • Wednesdays at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
  • Saturday mornings at 9am, 10am, 11am and noon.
  • Current Availability: Tuesdays 3pm.

Equine Assisted Learning

Empowering Strides now offers a program to any neurodiverse individual looking to gain more body awareness and body control in a therapeutic barn setting. Using a lesson plan tailored to each person's needs, classes can include barn chores such as mucking stalls and cleaning water troughs, or unmounted activities with a horse such as grooming and leading. All these activities will involve practicing purposeful motor skills, which means working on skills until they become automatic. This will lead to more body control, increased self confidence and independence.
This program will be taught by Diana Janetzki who is PATH certified and also a Spelling to Communicate (S2C) practitioner who works with non speaking and unreliably speaking individuals teaching them the purposeful motor skills to communicate on a letterboard.

 A Typical Session

These one hour sessions will be one on one with our instructor, Diana.

EAL Schedule

  • Thursdays at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
  • Current Availability: Enrolling now!

EAL Schedule

  • Thursdays at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
  • Current Availability: Thursday 6p

Payment

Payment is due before the beginning of a lesson/session. Cash, check or card using paypal/venmo.
  • Single: $75 per lesson
  • Package: $270 for four lessons *discounted