Ride with Us…
Being astride a horse helps the rider develop balance, coordination, fine and gross motor skills, right and left handedness, motor planning, sequencing, communication, body awareness, muscle strength, flexibility, vestibular stimulation. Nonphysical benefits include teamwork, socialization, and increased self-esteem. Individuals with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, Down Syndrome, autism, brain injury or head trauma, visual and and hearing impairments, mental, learning, or emotional disorders, and muscular dystrophy all can benefit from supervised equine interaction.
Whether the rider is a beginner or more advanced, lessons are tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of our participants. Riding lessons are given by PATH-certified instructors.
- Riding. Golden Dreams offers a structured, recreational horseback-riding program for special needs children and adults. Lessons are given by trained instuctors assisted by up to three volunteers per rider.
- Siblings. Siblings and other relatives are welcome to share the riding experience with lessons on a space-available basis.
- Independent. Lessons for individuals with physical disabilities who can ride independently.
- Air Warrior Courage Foundation. We are pleased to offer lessons to our veterans and their families under the auspices of AWCF.
- Groundwork and Equine Learning. Groundwork is an important part of the lesson; it augments the therapeutic benefits of the program. Not only is this where the rider experiences responsibility and discipline, but also the satisfaction that comes with caring for another living being. Grooming and tacking (putting the saddle and equipment on) help address the following developmental areas: fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, vocabulary, motor planning, sequencing, memory, endurance, attention span, hand/eye coordination, bilateral involvement, balance, crossing midline and muscle strengthening.
- Garden Therapy. Helps students develop sensory integration and learn about health and nutrition.
- Community Outreach.
- See the schedule here.
- Family Involvement. Besides money, much time and effort is required to keep Golden Dreams’ program up and running. While we do not require it, family involvement/participation is s-t-r-o-n-g-l-y encouraged, always needed, and most welcome.
- Fees. Lesson fees are $55/lesson. Entire session is paid in advance. Please note: Lessons are offered on a concessional basis, meaning fees only cover about one-third of our expenses. We depend on private donations to make up the difference.
- Cancellations, Refunds. No refunds if you cancel or fail to show up for a scheduled lesson. We do NOT cancel lessons nor give refunds due to the weather. Barn management and grooming lessons are given when it is raining or very hot.
- Session Schedule is subject to change.