Adaptive Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Silver Lining Riding’s Adaptive / Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship program focuses on teaching riding and horsemanship skills while challenging students physically, cognitively, and socially. Our CHA Certified Riding Instructors work with students 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 student, 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, they are able to realize their full potential and achieve amazing results.

Private or group Lessons are available.  Lessons are billed in 6-week blocks.

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 lessons are adapted to each student’s abilities, goal 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 body in a manner similar to a human gait, and students with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

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

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  • Improved balance, strength and range of motion
  • Improved coordination, motor skills and reflexes
  • Improved respiration and circulation
  • Sensory integration

Interested in becoming a participant?  Follow these easy steps

  1. Contact Cori at: for the New Student Registration form.
  2. Return completed New Student Registration form to Silver Lining Riding in one of three ways.
    a) Mail to: Silver Lining Riding Attn: Program Manager, P.O. Box 8 Waddell Arizona 85355
    b) Drop off: 7220 w 185th Ave Waddell Arizona 85355
    c) Scan and Email to:
  3. After reviewing your registration form, the Program Manager will contact you with additional questions and/or set up a New Student Orientation.
  4. Scheduling will be determined at New Student Orientation.

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

New Rider Orientation cost is $45.00

Program Options and Cost

Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, Games-Based Adaptive Riding

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

Special Olympics Team

Our Special Olympics team gets the chance to compete with their horses at events. Students must qualify to participate in Special Olympics Athletics, so talk to your instructor to determine if they qualify.  In order to be eligible to join the Special Olympics team, a student must have completed a full 6-week session. 

Private Lessons

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

Sessions are billed in 6-week blocks

Lesson Prices

Lesson LengthPrice Per Lesson6 Week = 1 Session
45 Min Group Lesson$42.50$255.00
1 Hour Group Lesson$47.50$285.00
30 Min Private Lesson$47.50$285.00

Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Silver Lining Riding’s Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship program focuses on teaching riding and horsemanship skills while challenging participants physically, cognitively, and socially. Our CHA certified riding instructors work with students as young as four to motivate and assist them in safely developing independent skills that can carry over to their everyday lives.