Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is a therapy for people with disabilities.  The movement of the horse and the experience of interacting with the horse can have profound effects on an individual’s ability to interact with the world around them.

It uses horses for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities.” – PATH International

Horses have a similar rhythm to their gait as humans, and the movement can promote muscle development in disabled riders.

“We have people that have said their first words on top of a horse, or we’ve had people who can walk who were never able to before. When those things happen there isn’t a dry eye in the house.” – Emily Mann, PATH Instructor, Recreational Therapist

PATH International is the governing body for best practices across therapeutic riding as a discipline.  The organizations that have their PATH certification or use PATH certified instructors are guaranteed to be following the best practices for safety and teaching.

View all therapeutic riding organizations.