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Equilibrium Therapeutic Riding

What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic Riding encompasses collectively all horse-related activities for people with disabilities. Emphasis is put on learning functional riding skills for therapeutic purposes. Because therapeutic riding encompasses so many areas of development, it can be broken down into classifications, which represent different approaches that could be taken for each individual.

Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Programming

Riding Schedule

See below for the 2018-2019 Lesson Schedule. Note that February-June dates my change slightly.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are being offered weekly, for 20 weeks from September 2018- January 31st, 2019. Students may take 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions. Cost of private lessons is as follows:

Group lessons

The group sessions are offered primarily to students who have been riding previously in private sessions and require therapy in the area of socialization or are motivated by being with others. Not only will the students be motivated by the others in the lesson, but they will also be forming friendships through their common interest-horses! Group sessions are offered weekly, for 20 weeks from September 2018- January 31st, 2019 (Available to the general public year round). Cost of Group lessons is as follows:

Equestrian Canada Rider Level Certification Program

All eligible riders (Erin will notify all those eligible) are now able to participate in the Equestrian Canada Rider Development program. Equestrian Canada fosters the standards for riders and coaches across Canada. This internationally recognized program is set up to accredit riders from beginner to advanced, giving riders important credentials for present and future pursuits. In addition to learning to ride, riders are taught horsemanship skills and theory. The riders involved in this program will attend their weekly or bi-weekly lesson and in addition will attend a Stable Management and theory class one Sunday afternoon/month. In June, riders who are prepared will have the opportunity to test their pre-determined rider level by an Equestrian Canada Examiner and receive a certificate for the rider level achieved. In addition to learning more about horse care and management and receiving credentials, participation in this program provides students with opportunities to learn good study habits and public speaking skills and assertiveness.

The following rates are costs involved with pursuing this program IN ADDITION to the weekly riding lesson costs:

Registration in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Click Register here for all NEW and EXISTING students. This will notify us of your intent to register
  2. Physician Referral: All students with a disability are required to complete the Physician Referral form to clear them for participation in this program. The physician can indicate (on page 2 of the form) how often they require the form to be repeated. Physician forms are tracked on our rider database and we will notify you when it is time to repeat the form as indicated by the physician. Click here to download the physician referral form PDF. In addition, rider's with Down's Syndrome are required to complete the Atlanto Axial Verification X ray form. Click here to download the Atlanto Axial verficiation form. Riders without disability can complete the general public application form. Please return the completed paperwork by scan and email to erin_mccormick@msn.com or by regular post to PO Box 517 Osler, SK S0K 3A0.
  3. Acknowledgement of Risk form: All guardians or riders over the age of 18 are required to complete the Acknowledgment of Risk form. Please read this form in advance and bring a printed copy for you to sign in person at your first appointment. Please ensure that you complete only the appropriate page of the the form for riders either OVER or UNDER the age of majority. Click here for the Acknowledgement of Risk form PDF. The acknowledgement of Risk form must be completed annually.
  4. Introductory Assessment: Once the above completed paperwork has submitted, you will be contacted to book an introductory assessment. Please bring any paperwork related to your/your child's existing programming (PT, OT, SLP reports or classroom or behaviour program plans) with you to the appointment so that we can create a therapeutic riding program tailored to the individual. The assessment will assist us in working with you/your child to determine which program (private, group sessions) would be most suited to your goals and needs. The fee for the 30 minute private assessment is: $48.77.

Once the assessment is complete and programming placement has been determined, riders will be scheduled into our weekly riding sessions. If the family is paying directly, invoices will be sent by email. Invoices are set up in an equalized payment form, where payments are made on the first of each month by post-dated cheque.

Please call Erin at 270-1782 or email erin_mccormick@msn.com for any questions. Birthday Party forms:


Activities involving horses can be used as therapy to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching physical and mental health, and cognitive, social, behavioral and communication goals. The word therapy encompasses three 3 approaches: riding therapy, developmental riding therapy and hippotherapy.

Riding Therapy uses riding skills to assist the rider in reaching therapeutic goals such as social skills, improved sitting and balance as well as self-confidence. In this approach, these types of goals would take precedence over the basic goal of learning to ride.

Developmental Riding Therapy works hand in hand with the field of education. Health and educational professionals have found that this approach is very useful for individuals who have impaired motor, mobility, perception, cognition, behavior, mental health and language skills. This approach also assists an individual’s sensory integration.

Hippotherapy, directly translated means therapy using the horse (Greek word “hippo” means horse.) This domain of therapeutic riding is specific to individuals who have movement disorders. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists use this type of therapy to specifically improve the individuals posture, balance, mobility and function.


In this area, therapeutic riding instructors work with educational professionals to plan and implement a riding program with an educational focus. Educational therapy assists individuals with physical, intellectual, developmental, psychological and/or sensory impairments to achieve educational goals.

Sport, recreation and leisure

Sport activities on horseback, can be easily adapted to fit individuals with physical, intellectual, developmental, learning, sensory and psychological disabilities. Therapeutic riding from a sport perspective offers a wealth of therapeutic, psychological, educational and social benefits.

Therapeutic riding offers a gratifying way to receive recreation and leisure. The emphasis is on social and physical well being and the simple intrinsic enjoyment of these activities.