Frequently Asked Questions?
What makes a great therapy horse?
Though it may not seem demanding, it is a mentally and physically challenging career! A great therapy horse is sound at the walk, trot and canter, with three rhythmic and balanced gaits. The quality of the horse’s movement is what most benefits the participant. The horse should be obedient, quiet and well-mannered on the ground as well as under saddle ,and accepting of assistive devices and equipment. The horse must work easily in hand, and tolerate one or two people walking and trotting beside it.
Contact Kathy Blaine, Program Director at 703-771-2689 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I enroll myself or my child in equine assisted activities?
Please contact us for more information on program activities or to be added to our waiting list. Once space is available and enrollment has been offered participants will receive a complete registration packet by mail and forms are accessible for download.
What are the age requirements for participants?
Our policy requires and NARHA guidelines recommend that participants enrolling in therapeutic riding or other equine assisted activities be at least 5 years of age. There is no maximum age as each prospective participant is evaluated individually for the appropriateness of program activities.
Is there a waiting list, and if so, how long does it take to be enrolled in classes?
Yes, there is waiting list and the length of the wait is dependent upon the availability of the participant, and the availability of a suitable horse/pony, instructor, and appropriately trained volunteers. Please contact us for more information or if you have other questions regarding the waiting list.
When are lessons offered?
LTR offers three 8 week sessions per year: Spring, Summer, Fall and two 4 week sessions in the Winter. Lessons are scheduled one time per week Monday-Friday for the duration of the session. Morning and afternoon classes are offered.
How much does it cost?
The fee for an 8 week session (one 30-45 minute private lesson or a 1 hour group lesson) is $450. Fee assistance information is available by request.
May we come to LTR for a visit?
Yes, absolutely! Please contact us to arrange for a time to meet with our staff.