What is therapeutic riding?

Therapeutic riding improves the lives of individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to the human gait that challenges the rider to use his/her core muscles that helps to improve flexibility, balance and muscle strength. The unique relationship formed with the horse and the process of mastering equestrian skills lead to increased confidence, patience, self-esteem and independence.

Who can benefit from therapeutic riding?

People with the following conditions may benefit from therapeutic riding:

Muscular Dystrophy Cerebral Palsy Visual Impairment Down Syndrome
Mental Retardation Brain Injuries Spina Bifida Multiple Sclerosis
Spinal Cord Injuries Amputation Deafness Stroke
Caridovascular Accident Autism Spectrum Disorder Attention Deficit Disorder

About Us:

PVTRA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been providing horseback riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities since 1984. PVTRA offers lessons at Wild Barry Ridge Farm in Belchertown, MA.Lessons are taught by NARHA certified and Massachusetts licensed instructors who are trained to meet the special needs of the riders. Our volunteers are trained to safely assist when needed as sidewalkers or as horse leaders. PVTRA also provides guidance to those interested in becoming therapeutic riding instructors or in starting their own program.