PROGRAMS WE OFFER
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Every individual is unique and we design each lesson to the rider. The majority of our riders are between the ages of 4 - 30 years old, however, some are in their 60's and 70's. Our programs are designed to benefit individuals with a wide range of abilities. Our most sought after program is our therapeutic horseback riding, for riders with varying degrees of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and/or mental health special needs.
Below are some disabilities and life challenges that can benefit from equine-assisted activities and therapies:
Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
I am filled with joy when I see him beaming from the saddle.
- Tyler's Mom, Lori
Riding horses has helped Holly and Hannah learn empathy, compassion and care for a beautiful horse. It has helped them with the discipline it takes to show up for class on time and possess skills that will carry with them for the rest of their lives. They love horses so much that they are thrilled and excited when it is time for their next horseback riding lesson!
- Holly & Hannah's Grandmother, Cathy
Brenden rides because he likes the horse and he likes the people. He gets to work on strengthening his core and stretching his legs all while outside, on a horse, talking to people about everything. It's not the drudgery of physical therapy, repeat this movement, this many times, in a clinical setting. Instead it is something different every time, a new challenge, a new game, a new activity, all outside on a horse. It's so much more than physical therapy. It is recreation, play time, emotional support, and cognitive challenges for which we are very grateful!
- Brenden's Mom, Regina
We would like to share our positive experience with Center of Adaptive Riding.
Our son Rhett was born with distal arthrogryposis, so he has some physical limitations. He has had 3 major surgeries so far. His condition will continue to improve as he works hard to gain core strength and balance. Rhett has enjoyed the magical healing powers of the horses at CAR since he was 4 years old. CAR therapy has helped him prepare for and recover from leg-tendon and hip-bone surgeries. The equine therapy he receives at CAR has helped him in many ways on his path to improvement.
Being around horses is soothing for Rhett, but CAR is more than just a horse ride. I (Rhett's dad) first rode a horse when I was 5. When I heard of this opportunity for Rhett, my view was limited to the action of simply riding on a horse. To my surprise, CAR offers much more. There are several obstacle courses that challenge all his physical movements and skills. As in other sports, he also socializes and makes friends with the staff, horses and other riders. He is challenged to remember commands and routines. We have seen his self-esteem grow as he achieves higher levels.
Most sports are not available to kids with disabilities, especially at a young age. So, this is a great physical education outlet for these kids.
The location of Horseman’s Park is a beautiful place to ride. It is centrally located for easy access for parents. It’s located high in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The view is fantastic with a small grassy park next door. We often take a picnic for Rhett’s sibling to enjoy while we wait for him.
Nikki and her staff of volunteers care deeply for the kids. Nikki communicates well with us, so we are always up-to-date on ride times and days. We are very thankful to have CAR. We heartily recommend them to anyone looking for physical activity/therapy for a child with disabilities.
- Rhett and his family, Kit, Elida & Pippa
The Center for Adaptive Riding is a proud PATH International Premier Accredited Center providing equine assisted activities and therapies to people of all abilities since 2007.
All of our instructors have passed stringent PATH International testing to become certified, and continue their education annually.
The Center for Adaptive Riding is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 charity. Your contribution may be tax deductible. We are registered and incorporated with the Nevada Secretary of State and located in Reno, NV.
Tax ID # 26-2361245
NV Business ID # NV20081010905
Entity # E0154402008-5