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post #1 of 8 Old 02-10-2015, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Should I Change my Therapeutic Horse Riding Stable?

My therapeutic horse riding center in Chatsworth, CA is not that good any more; my instructor misses a lot of lessons for some reason. I missed a lesson on Saturday because I was out of town with my mom for a Bat Mitzvah for a family member; I probably won't have a make-up lesson until the summer.

I am Jewish, but I never did any traditional event when I was 12 or 13 because my horse riding came first; I am now 30. I have to go to my horse riding lesson on Saturday before celebrating a Jewish holiday like Hanukkah, Passover, or Rosh Hashanah, and then I'm too tired to enjoy the holiday.

Is it time to change stables? I am sick of missing lessons or having different instructors every other lessons. It is starting to become more like an Olympic Equestrian Center not a therapeutic horse riding center. Does anyone know of a therapeutic horse riding stable or a Para-Dressage stable in Los Angeles or Malibu, CA that does horse shows? The stable that I ride at now is Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Program.
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-10-2015, 04:06 PM
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I'd try to find a different stable to try out if there are other options available. Of course, that depends on what's in your area. We only have a couple of therapeutic riding options here, so hopefully you have more options in your area!
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I used to ride at Mill Creek Equestrian Center which was for able bodied riders, but they were accommodating to special need riders. I had to stop riding there because they didn't allow dogs; my dad always has to bring his dog to the stable. I really liked it there.

Is there any professional dressage stables in Malibu or Los Angeles that are good with special needs riders?
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Why does your Dad always have to bring his dog?
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-11-2015, 04:35 PM
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I am not familiar with CA geography, but if you visit this site and search for California, you will see a long list of programs around the state, many of which appear to be near LA:

Find a Center

PATH International is the primary accrediting body for therapeutic riding centers. Looks like your current barn is a Premier Accredited Program, for what that's worth. Sounds like it is going through some changes that no longer make it a good fit for you though, so I think it's completely fine to want to find an environment that you enjoy more.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-11-2015, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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My dad doesn't like leave his dog at home because he thinks it is better for the dog. I tried changing stables before, but my dad convinced me to go back.

Right now, my lessons are always on Saturday and so are the Jewish holidays; I always have to do both or choose one.

I am riding in a lesson with a rider who is learning to trot independently while I am almost ready to canter.

When I start taking the Access Van, I'll be free to choose what stable that I want to ride at. I want to compete in the Special Olympics and the Paralympics; I can't move up to that level. I need to find a stable that offers private lessons on Sunday or on the weekdays.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-11-2015, 06:42 PM
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i hope you will be able to continue to ride, even if it's difficult for you. it's so good for ANY body!
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-12-2015, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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How do you get my dad treat me like an adult and allow me to make my own decisions about my riding? I really want to try out a different stable that is closer to my mom's house where I live and that focuses on dressage. I like the looks of Topline Equestrian Center in Topanga, CA because the stable is open Sundays and during the week except for Monday. The stable also has a dressage instructor.
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