Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies


Riding provides disabled individuals the opportunity to combine fitness with fun! We teach the basics to being a horseman, this includes care of the horses, grooming, riding disciplines, and interactive activities and games. Individuals with special needs experience the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) while enjoying a relationship with the horse. We provide both individual lessons and group lessons and all lessons are led by or supervised by a registered PATH instructor. Visit www.pathintl.org to learn more about Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Why Choose EAAT?

Riding Encourages:

  • Muscular strength – Riding relaxes, stimulates and develops muscles and can lead to increases in range of motion
  • Health and hygiene – Students learn to care for the horse.
  • Directionality – Students learn their right from their left.
  • Language development – Language used simultaneously with an object, experience or activity enhances learning, also riders learn new and technical vocabulary.
  • Sequencing and Multitasking- Riders learn to do things in the correct order, and perform multiple actions simultaneously.
  • Fine motor skills- grooming, tacking, and guiding a horse can improve hand-eye coordination and other fine motor skills.
  • Self esteem and confidence are improved by accomplishing goals and successfully working as a team with a horse.
  • Increased physical stamina through low-impact exercise.

Therapeutic riding can produce dramatic and lasting benefits to riders, and programs are based on the individual needs of the riders.

*New in 2016*

Session Schedule:

Sunrise, Inc. will offer three ten week sessions in 2016. Lessons are also available during non-session time by request.

January 4th-April 6th: During this time lessons are available to those who directly contact the instructors and request a time slot

April 11th-June 18th: Session 1

June 27th-September 3rd: Session 2

September 12th-November 19th: Session 3

November 28th-December 17th: During this time lessons are available to those who directly contact the instructors and request a time slot.


Sunrise, Inc. charges  a lesson fee of $25/lesson, or $250/session. We strive to provide EAAT to any rider with a demonstrated need, and offer need-based scholarships to riders. Please contact Sunrise, Inc. if you have any questions about these fees or how to apply for a scholarship.