Therapeutic Riding

Equine Activities & Therapies

Therapeutic Riding Lessons

High Hopes accommodates all four elements of therapeutic riding as defined by PATH Intl.: Recreation, Therapy, Sport, and Medicine. We do this in a unique way through our applied interdisciplinary team approach that includes educators, Therapeutic Riding Instructors, and licensed Mental Health, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Language, and Expressive Therapists.


Our Process

Therapeutic riding lessons are planned with the individual’s educational, physical, social and recreational goals in mind. Participants with a wide array of disabilities are active in this program, which comprises the core of High Hopes’ services. Prospective participants who express interest in the program are provided with information and the forms required for application. Once all forms are completed and returned to us, our staff assesses the applicant’s eligibility.

Once an applicant is accepted in the program, therapeutic goals are established and progress is documented. Most participants have one 30-60 minute lesson each week for the length of the semester, with the majority continuing their lessons from one semester to the next. A PATH Intl. certified instructor conducts each lesson. Lesson activities may include developing basic riding skills, exercises, games and riding the trails.

Our lessons are held year-round utilizing our indoor and outdoor arenas as well as our expansive trails.

Indoor Arena

Indoor Arena

180 ft. x 80 ft. with wheelchair friendly mounting ramp, EasyLift (Handi-Move Custom Lift), and viewing lounge. The indoor school incorporates multiple activity centers.

Outdoor Arena

Outdoor Arena

225 ft. x 100 ft. fully fenced, floodlit outdoor arena suitable for riding, driving and ELP.



Extensive trails of varying gradients, with multiple sensory-rich activities on each trail.

Find out about costs and financial-aid options


Academic Year

$1,705 per Academic Year

Weekly riding lessons are tuition based and run six days a week serving approximately 40 participants per day ages 4-84.


Summer Sessions

$495 per Summer Session


Financial Aid Information

Fees for service cover around 35% of our costs - the generosity of our donors enables us to provide some additional needs-based financial assistance.

With our commitment to accepting participants into our programs based on therapeutic need, regardless of financial means, we offer further financial aid assistance to those unable to pay the established fees.

Fifty percent of our Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies program participants received direct financial assistance toward their program fees – up to 100% of the full cost.

Learn more about financial aid options
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Inquire About Lessons

Weekly lessons are scheduled on an individual basis through the Fall/Spring for academic and summer sessions.

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