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Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Location: NSCD Therapeutic Riding Center, Tabernash
Dates: June 7 – Sept 30, 2017 | Tuesday – Saturday

Therapeutic Riding involves teaching riding skills to riders with disabilities, with adaptations as needed. The primary goal of therapeutic riding is to learn riding and horsemanship skills. However, as the movement of the horse is inherently therapeutic, riders frequently enjoy secondary benefits such as increased postural control, balance, strength and speech.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Lessons
Unmounted/Group Therapeutic Horse Lessons
Hippotherapy
Trail Rides & Hay Rides
NSCD Therapeutic Riding Center Horses
NSCD Sponsor a Horse Program


Therapeutic Horseback Riding Lessons

The NSCD offers three different levels of lessons:

Beginner Lessons – The skills that will be learned during these lessons encompass the basic fundamentals of the sport including: grooming and tacking, mounting, balance and body control, stopping/steering at a walk and trot. *Max. rider weight is 200 lbs.

Intermediate Lessons –  Intermediate riding lessons offer riders a way to further advance their riding and prepare for more advance skills such as: further development of your seat and hands, transitions within the gait and more complex steering patterns at a walk and trot. *Max. rider weight is 200 lbs.

Advanced Lessons – Unlike beginner or intermediate lessons, riders will focus intensely on how they affect the horse. For this reason, riders in advance lessons must have balance, body control and a complete understanding of how the horse’s body works. The NSCD riding instructors must approve all advance riders for lessons. *Max. rider weight is 200 lbs.

Time: 9:00 a.m. | 11:00 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | Lessons are 90 minutes
Price: $60 per lesson | $275 per session (5 lessons)
*Private lessons are available for an additional fee.
Reservations: (970) 726.1518

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Unmounted/Group Therapeutic Horse Lessons

Ground therapy is built around interactions with horses. This type of therapy can be used to assist people with mental and emotional difficulties, including anxiety and mood disorders,  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), behavioral challenges and life transitions or losses. *Max. rider weight is 200 lbs.

Time: 9:00 a.m. | 11:00 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | Lessons are 90 minutes
Price: $60 per lesson | $275 per session (5 lessons)
*Private lessons are available for an additional fee
Reservations: (970) 726.1518

 

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Trail Rides
horse back riding

Enjoy the fun of riding horseback on our scenic trails. Our one hour trail ride is ideal way to view the beautiful Rocky Mountains while visiting Grand County, Colorado. *Max. rider weight is 200 lbs.

Time/Duration: 1 hour
Price : $50 per person
Reservations: (970) 726.1518

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NSCD Therapeutic Riding Center Horses

HawkHawk: Hawk has a calm and gentle disposition which makes him great for a variety of riders. His nickname at the ranch is “Eeyore.”

 

 

 

montanaMontana: Montana is a sweet, old girl. Our riders love to trot on her. She is the princess of our herd.

 

 

 

amyAmy: Amy is a sturdy pony that carries riders of all sizes. She loves when her riders feed her treats after the lesson.

 

 

 

blackieBlackie: Blackie’s calm demeanor and willingness to work make him a great horse for a variety of our riders. He loves to go out on the trail.

 

 

 

bobbysueBobby Sue: Bobby Sue is a big sweet girl. Her long legs create a lot of movement for the riders on her back.

 

 

 

 

chestnutChestnut: Chestnut is our head of herd. He is a retired US Forest Service mustang. He will be utilized for our winter program at Strawberry Creek Ranch.

 

 

 

yogiYogi: Yogi LOVES children! He has a very sweet disposition. He will be utilized for our winter program at Strawberry Creek Ranch.

 

 

Cassie Horse

Cassie: Cassie joined the NSCD herd late summer of 2016. She is a sweet girl and a fun ride as she is a Missouri Fox Trotter. We thank Carole and Gerry Gillen for donating her to our program

 

 

 

 

Pepe Horse

Pepe: Pepe (also known as Peppy) is a sassy retired barrel racing champion that challenges our most advanced riders.

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NSCD Sponsor A Horse Program

Consider sponsoring one of the therapy horses through the Adopt-a-Horse program. Horses currently seeking sponsors include: Hawk, Montana, Blackie, Chestnut and Yogi.

The cost of maintaining a special therapy horse is approximately $150.00 per month. Costs may include boarding, feed, farrier and veterinary costs.

The Adopt-a-Horse program gives corporations, groups and individuals the opportunity to support the “backbone” of our therapeutic riding program – the horses.

If you sponsor a horse for 3 or more months ($450), you will receive 2 free rides during our summer season.

Please contact Nicole Robinson, Therapeutic Riding Center Supervisor, at nrobinson@nscd.org or 970.531.1207, if you would like to sponsor a horse or if you have any questions.

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