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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.

Summer 2018 Programming

Private Lessons

Private lessons are being offered weekly, for 7 weeks from July 1 to August 24, 2018. Students may take 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions. Private sessions are offered year-round and join a session at any time, based on availability.

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 lessons are being offered weekly, for 7 weeks from July 1 to August 24, 2018. Students may take 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions. Private sessions are offered year-round and join a session at any time, based on availability. (Available to the general public, limited days only.)

Equine Canada Rider Level Certification Program

All eligible riders (Erin will notify all those eligible) are now able to participate in the Equine Canada Rider Development program. Equine 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 Saturday afternoon/month. In June, riders who are prepared will have the opportunity to test their pre-determined rider level by an Equine 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.

Achieve Program

his program is offered in the summer only. The Achieve program is a 4 or 5- day intensive program designed specifically to develop a skill by providing the student with the chance to practice on consecutive days. This is also an attraction for parents who want to keep their child involved in the riding program but don’t want to commit to a weekly lesson due to holiday plans. This is offered at the same cost as the private lessons with one block of 4 or 5 days in July and another 4 or 5 days in August. (Available to the general public during July and August)

Day Camps- Fun and Exciting Way to Address Motor Activities

Interested in pursuing treatment for your child’s/client’s motor and social concerns in a fun and “horsey” environment? This day camp may be for you. Equilibrium Therapeutic riding is now offering the community this 3 hour/day 5 day/week day camp focusing on treating the issues listed above with the use of the horse.

The outline of the camp includes activities designed to address social and motor concerns off and on the horse. One and a half hours are dedicated to riding skills and equestrian therapeutic Voltige (Gymnastics on horseback) the remaining one hour and 30 minutes is dedicated to gross and fine motor development activities and games. Please see Erin for a more exact list of activities. Students will be placed in ability-like groups of three to six with one-on-one staff.

Day Camps for the General Public

Due to an increased demand for a safe, beginner, english riding camp, Equilibrium has decided to offer this for the general public. Day camps can be integrated and students are placed in riding-ability like groups. This is a great option for siblings and family members of special needs riders to learn together! The cost is the same as the other day camp and offered for the same time frame. In addition to riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), horsemanship skills and horsey games and activities are played. Students will be placed in ability-like groups of three to six with one-on-one staff.

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: $44.24. In order to prepare for the introductory lesson, please read the program requirements and regulations.

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.