Program FAQs

Please look through the FAQ answers below to see if your question about our Programs has been answered. If you still need more information, please feel free to contact us and we'd be happy to help.

Are Your Programs Only for Children?

No. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of individuals with a wide range of abilities. Our riders are of varying ages and skill sets. Some riders are as young as 3 years old and we have youth and adults of all ages riding our therapy horses each month.

How Many Riders Are in the Classes?

Our classes are set up with no more than two riders in a class. Sometimes under special circumstances we might have a class of three.

The classes are structured so adults ride with adults, and youths with other youths. Each rider has an individual assessment and session plan.

Our lesson ride times are for 30 minutes, we do offer some lessons for 45 minutes, but the longer classes are offered to the “Progressive Riding Program” which is designed for youth and adults riding at a higher level to match their confidence and competence.

What Does It Cost to Ride in the Programs?

Lesson fees are always subject to change, but presently a 30-minute lesson is $39.00. If a rider is funded, the cost is $42.00. (The riders who are funded pay a little higher rate to offset the administration costs.)

A 45-minute lesson presently is $54.00, and a funded rider pays $57.00. Again, the higher fee is an administration cost.We run our lessons approximately 44 weeks of the year. We offer lessons for Winter Session (10 weeks), Spring Session (12 weeks), Summer Session (8 weeks), and Fall Session (14 Weeks).

Do You Have a “Pay as You Go” Payment Plan for Riding Lessons?

No. Full payment for riding is due at the beginning of each session. You will receive an invoice for the new session at the end of the previous session. Payments can be made by cash, debit, credit card, or a personal cheque. We are unable to accept post dated cheques.

Do You Setup or Arrange for Funding for the Riders?

If you are applying for funding, it is your responsibility to contact the various agencies and apply for and set up the funding.

If funding is in place, you will need to ensure that there are sufficient funds and that monies can be used for therapeutic riding.

Note: Funding for therapeutic riding must be in place prior to the first day of riding.

The only funding that PRDA will assist you with is the “At Home” funding, and we will apply on your behalf.

Are There Restrictions That Might Limit Me from Riding in Your Program?

Yes, there are. When you download a New Rider Package from our website, you will see that there is a two-page “List of Precautions and Contraindications.” We would suggest that if you have any questions regarding this list you may want to discuss it with your family doctor when they fill in their section of your New Rider Package.

Please do not hesitate to contact PRDA if you have any questions, we will be more than happy to assist you.

What Should I Wear for My Riding Lesson?

We recommend comfortable clothing; jeans or stretch pants area recommended. No shorts!

Depending on the weather you may want to layer your clothing. Bring a pair of gloves (mittens aren't suitable for holding the reins) if it is cool out. In the fall and winter, you need a jacket because weather permitting, you will also be going outside to ride.

For safety, no open-toed shoes or sandals can be worn around the horses. Hard-soled boots or shoes with a small heel are preferred, but running shoes are also acceptable.

PRDA does have proper riding helmets for your use, or you can purchase your own from any of the local tack shops. Only proper riding helmets will be allowed. No bicycle or other helmets can be worn.

Who Can Benefit from Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic riding benefits children and adults with diverse abilities. Below are some examples of the challenges our riders face, however, this is not an exhaustive list. If you face a challenge that isn't listed here, therapeutic riding could still help you. 

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Autism
  • Emotion Disorders
  • Down Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebrovascular Accident/Stroke
  • Deafness
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Visual Impairment

What Challenges Can a Therapy Horse Help to Solve?

Equine therapy can help individuals build confidence, self-efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and learn how to set and/or maintain appropriate boundaries.

How is Horse Riding Therapeutic?

Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport, and recreation & leisure. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves a rider's body in a manner like a human gait, riders with physical challenges often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength.

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