Riders

We are thrilled that you are interested in becoming a rider with us!

If you know someone who meets the criteria below please;

  1. Download and review the Rider Handbook
  2. Complete the Registration Form
  3. Forward the Registration Form to program@shininghorizons.ca

Rider eligibility:  

  • Must have a disability, either physical or cognitive;
  • Must be able to stay on the horse for the entire lesson;
  • Parent/caregiver must be able to stay for the entire lesson;  
  • Must have permission from attending physician;  
  • Must have specific goals that will improve physical, cognitive and/or psychosocial impairments;  
  • Must not display inappropriate behaviours that could lead to placing self or others at risk; and
  • Must be able to tolerate all approved safety equipment for the entire lesson.We invite you to learn more about our program by reading or download our Rider’s Handbook

Description of SHTRA programs

 

All 3 programs offered are facilitated by certified Canadian Therapeutic Riding or Equestrian Canada instructors or coaches.

 

Mounted program;

  • This program takes place mostly in the indoor arena, and weather permitting on the trails.
  • This program focuses on the therapeutic movement of the horse and learning basic riding skills
  • Riders may assist in grooming and tack-up when possible.
  • A ramp is available to assist in mounting riders who may have mobility issues.
  • Once mounted, riders may have up to 3 volunteers, one horse handler, and one sidewalker on either side to provide either physical and or emotional support.
  • Private or semi-private lessons are 30-45 minutes in duration depending on individual needs.
  • Group lessons of 3- 4 riders are 1 hour in duration.
  • Riders may need to start with short private lessons  and build their stamina towards the group lessons
  • Riding sessions are offered all year round in blocks of 7 to 12 weeks.
  • In the case of a volunteer or horse shortage, arena too cold or extreme weather warnings eg hurricane winds, an un-mounted or simulator lesson may be substituted for a mounted lesson.

 

 

Un-mounted program;

  • This program is for riders who may not be physically, emotionally or cognitively ready to be on a horse, or just wish not to mount a live service animal. The program can be a good place to start.
  • Curriculum focuses on learning the following: grooming, leading, horse anatomy, horse behavior, coat colors and face markings.
  • Sessions are offered all year round in blocks of 7 to 12 weeks .

 

 

Simulator program;

  • This program is offered to participants who may not be physically, emotionally or cognitively ready to be on a horse, or just wish not to mount a live service animal. The program can be a good place to start.
  • A lift is available to mount riders onto the simulator
  • The Simulator is located in the stable, in a separate enclosed space that is climate controlled
  • There are 2 software programs available. RDA is mostly trails to learn basic riding skills. The second program is Dressage. Its focus is perfecting already acquired riding skills.
  • Sessions are offered all year round in blocks of 7 to 12 weeks .