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Therapeutic Horseback Riding

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.

Location: NSCD Therapeutic Riding Center, YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO
Dates: June – September 2018 | Tuesday – Saturday

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Lessons
Unmounted/Ground Therapeutic Horse Lessons
Trail 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 and stopping/steering at a walk or trot. *Maximum rider weight is 200 lbs.

Intermediate Lessons –  Intermediate riding lessons offer participants 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 or trot. *Maximum rider weight is 200 lbs.

Advanced Lessons – Unlike beginner or intermediate lessons, participants will focus intensely on how they affect the horse. For this reason, participants 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 participants for lessons. *Maximum rider weight is 200 lbs.

Time: 8:30 a.m. | 9:45 a.m. | 11:00 a.m. | 1:00 p.m. | 2:15 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $60 per lesson | $275 per session (5 lessons)
*Private lessons are available for an additional fee.

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Unmounted/Ground 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 diagnosis, including anxiety and mood disorders,  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), behavioral challenges and life transitions or losses.

Time: 8:30 a.m. | 9:45 a.m. | 11:00 a.m. | 1:00 p.m. | 2:15 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $60 per lesson | $275 per session (5 lessons)
*Private lessons are available for an additional fee

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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 an ideal way to view the beautiful Rocky Mountains while visiting Grand County, Colorado. *Maximum rider weight is 200 lbs.

Time: 8:30 a.m. | 9:45 a.m. | 11:00 a.m. | 1:00 p.m. | 2:15 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Price : $55 per person

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

chestnutChestnut: Chestnut is our head of herd. He is a retired US Forest Service mustang.

 

 

 

yogiYogi: Yogi LOVES children! He has a very sweet disposition.

 

 

 

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 Sponsor-A-Horse program.

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

The Sponsor-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 ($600), you will receive 2 free rides during our summer season.

Please contact the NSCD if you would like to sponsor a horse or if you have any questions.

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