New for 2023!
Introducing our new EAS-y program!
Equine Assisted Success – yes! has been developed specifically for elementary and secondary school students to help promote physical, cognitive and social growth.
Ask us about it today!
Therapeutic Riding Lessons provide individuals with disabilities and special needs the opportunity to ride horses in a safe and supported setting.
Lessons are taught by riding instructors certified through CanTRA, Path International and/or OEF. Each class has a maximum of 4 riders so that there is a high ratio of individualized attention as well as the beneficial group dynamic. Depending on the needs of the clients, the lessons incorporate riding skills and/or mounted games to address therapy and riding goals.
CARD runs three distinct sets of classes: the Mounted Therapy program, the Ground program and the Friends of CARD program.
Mounted Therapy Classes: There are 4 “levels”, Therapy 1, Therapy 2 and Therapy 3. Riders are grouped by age, ability and goals. For riders 8 yrs and older, these levels are further differentiated by the sub-categories Physical, Cognitive, Dual and Sport, indicating the primary teaching focus of the class.
Ground Programs: The ground programs are run for external groups, such as a school class, or special needs organization. The focus is on working with the horse from the ground to learn how to groom and interact with the horse. It is not a riding program. Taking place at need, these programs have wide-ranging applications and are customized to the groups they serve, with a focus on skills that are transferrable to real-life applications such as communication, empathy, and problem-solving.
Friends of CARD: An able-bodied, skills-based program, this class is available to CARD volunteers who wish to return to riding in a safe and supported environment. Participants must know how to groom and tack without assistance and be able to trot independently. This class is not suitable for first-time riders. Non-CARD volunteers will be considered for participation on an individual basis.
Please refer to the Program Calendar for detailed dates.
Winter Program: January 3-March 11, 2023
Spring Program: March 27-June 10, 2023
If you are a new rider or wish to register a new rider Click Here To: Register for an Assessment