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Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship

Silver Lining Riding's Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding/Horsemanship program focuses on teaching riding and horsemanship skills while challenging participants physically, cognitively and socially. Each PATH International- Certified Therapeutic or CHA Certified Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist work with participants as young as four to motivate and assist them in safely developing independent skills that can carry over to their everyday lives.

Classes are conducted as group lessons. Working with parents/guardians/caregivers and the participant, instructors set individualized goals that each person sets out to achieve at his/her own pace. With the support of the instructor, community volunteers, and their trusted horse, participants are able to realize their full potential and achieve amazing results.


Private or group sessions are available.  Sessions are billed in 6 week blocks.

Program Options and Cost

What is Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship?

Therapeutic Riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.   These lesson are adapted to each Rider's abilities, goals and objectives.  Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sports, recreation and leisure. 

A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses, in fact experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic.  Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

What is the benefit of Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship?

  • Improved balance, strength, range of motion
  • Improved coordination/motor skills, faster reflex
  • Improved respiration/circulation.
  • Sensory integration

Fill out Form to Contact Cori

Interested in Becoming a participant?  Follow these easy Steps


1.  Contact Cori at cori@silverliningriding.org for the New Rider Registration Form.

2. Return completed New Rider Registration Form (including physician release) to Silver Lining Riding in one of three ways

            1. Mail to: Silver Lining Riding Attn: Program Director, P.O. Box 8 Waddell, Arizona 85355.

            2. Drop off: 7220 W 185th Ave. Waddell Arizona 85335

            3. Scan and Email to: Cori@silverliningriding.org

3. After reviewing you application, the Program Director will contact you with additional questions and/or set up a New Rider Orientation 

​4. Scheduling will be determined at the New Rider Orientation


The rider orientation session is a ½ hour, one-on-one session with a Silver Lining Riding certified instructor.  Riders will engage with one of our horses to include grooming, saddling and riding as they are able.  Our certified instructors will meet with parent/guardian to determine goals for the rider and determine if private or group riding sessions are best for the rider. 

New Rider Orientation cost is $45.00

Adaptive Riding, Adaptive Horsemanship, Games-Based Adaptive Riding

​​Our program is geared to a wide range of riders with varying physical and mental diagnoses. This program is a recreational model where riders focus on learning riding skills, interacting with their peers and having fun in a safe environment. Riders are supported by a team of one to three volunteers who may assist in leading the horse and/or providing moral or physical support. Riders are grouped by similar abilities and riding skills. Some riders enjoy the Games-Based Adaptive Riding classes that incorporate fun games which reinforce riding skills.


Private Lessons

​​Private Lessons are available.  Class days and times are early morning Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays


Special Olympics Team

Our Special Olympics Team gets the chance to compete with their horse at Special Olympics events.  Riders must qualify to participate in Special Olympics Athletics (talk with your instructor to determine if you qualify) and must complete a full 6-week riding session. 



​Sessions are billed in 6-week blocks


Lesson Prices
 Lesson LengthPrice Per Lesson6 Week = 1 Session
45 Min Lesson$42.50$255.
1 Hour Group $47.50$285.
30 min Private$47.50$285.