Therapeutic Riding

2024 Lesson Times:

Therapeutic riding lessons to be offered weekly.


2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.*


2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.*


9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

*Weekday lessons will shift to mornings during the summer months.

The open enrollment for the 2024 application cycle is now closed.  You can still submit an application at any time and be added to our waiting list.  Print and complete the forms below and return to:

Rising Hope Farms

C/O Gail Wartner

3775 Bethany Church Rd.

Claremont, NC 28610

Download Forms Here: RHF TR Application Forms 2024

Therapeutic horseback riding benefits almost any disabling condition including: cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, head injuries, hearing impairments, visual impairments, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, speech & learning disabilities, and sensory integration dysfunction. The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of therapeutic horsemanship are widespread. The rhythmic motion and warmth of the horse stimulates and exercises the rider’s muscles, increasing mobility in the pelvis, hip, and spine. The rider experiences weight shift and trunk mobility as if he were walking on his own.

As the horse and rider engage in gait and pace changes, the rider experiences a range of sensory input. At a walk, the rider benefits from the calming effect of the rhythmic, three-dimensional movement. As the horse transitions to a trot, the rider’s alertness increases, posture improves, and body awareness develops. During the lesson, activities and exercises take place to encourage speech, identify objects, and sequence multiple tasks. Riders also participate in games and socialize with other students.

****Please note****

Due to the overwhelming requests we receive from riders with disabilities that prohibit their participation in any other sport, we currently do not accept riders with ADD or ADHD as their primary diagnosis.