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Icrazyaboutu 07-30-2009 11:53 PM

I wanna do therapeutic riding clinics
 
What does it take to set up a therapeutic riding clinic? It will just be a backyard thing and in a month or two will be moved to a different location. I am 14 and my pony is 12.1hh and will not take off ever. I would have my parents help so the adult supervision is all taken care of. I really want to help my communtity and I know horses always help. I also have Dozer for those who can't ride or are waiting to ride. He will just be for brushing due to the fact that he is an 18hh horse in training. Is this the right thing to do? Is it even worth trying?

JadedEyes 07-31-2009 12:31 AM

To even consider anything like this, you need to be a licensed therapeutic riding instructor. Also, the liabilities involved in doing this would require specific types of insurance in case anyone would be hurt. Also, you are too young to be considering this. A lot of parents of children with special needs would be very leary about putting their child into the hands of another child. Also remember, not every potential rider will be a child. Believe me, I am a special education teacher. I work with severe/profound students.

I would suggest, if you are really interested in getting involved with therapeutic riding to contact a center in your area and possibly volunteer there. It would be a great experience and you would learn a lot of things. This will be your best bet and in this case everyone can and will be safe.

I do not know what part of California you are in, but I have attached a link to all of the centers in CA that do therapeutic riding. I would suggest if at all possible to volunteer at a NARHA Premier Accredited Center.

I do not mean to sound harsh or try to upset you. But I want you to gain a good experience and to keep everything safe for anyone involved, including the riders with special needs, the horses, and yourself.


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