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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Who is eligible for therapeutic riding?
Q: What kind of training do the horses have?
Q: What type of training does your instructor have?
Q: What is the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association?
Q: How is the program individualized to my child/myself?
Q: What type of facilities does ETR have?
Q: What type of equipment is required to begin lessons?

Q: Who is eligible for therapeutic riding?
A: Some of the treatable conditions include:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Brain Injured
Developmental Delay
Cerebral Palsy
Downs Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Emotional Disorders
Visual/Hearing impaired
Speech and Language delayed
And many more…

Q: What kind of training do the horses have?
A: All the therapy horses at ETR have had intense on-going training to prepare them for the challenges of helping riders with special needs. They have been carefully selected for excellent, size and movement: all vital to the success of a person with a disability in this program.

Q: What type of training does your instructor have?
A: Erin McCormick has a diploma in Rehabilitation and has been working in the human services sector with children and adults with disabilities for 10 years. Erin is a Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association certified instructor (the only one in Saskatoon!) Erin is also a Equine Canada certified competition coach, certified to teach riders of all abilities at a competitive level.

Q: What is the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association?
A: CanTra was formed in 1980 to promote challenge and achievement for children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse.

Q: How is the program individualized to my child/myself?
A: ETR makes sure to receive a completed physician referral form that covers medical history as well as other pertinent physical/medical information. With this completed form and an introductory consultation, the individual’s needs can be discussed and assessed and rider program plan put into place.

Q: What type of facilities does ETR have?
A: ETR has both a fully insulated indoor therapeutic riding facility and complete outdoor riding facilities. The indoor riding facility offers a heated viewing area with wheel chair accessible washroom facilities.

Q: What type of equipment is required to begin lessons?
A: Although ETR provides riding helmets, it is recommended that riders purchase their own helmet for hygiene reasons. Each student is required to wear a helmet at all times. A boot with a small heel is required as well. Although the arena is insulated, it is recommended that students dress in layers during the winter, which can be removed should he/she get warmer during the lesson.(Suggestion: Long Johns) Gloves or mittens and a warm hat must be worn during the winter. It is necessary that students wear long pants during summer as well, to prevent skin chaffing against the saddle.