Horses. Hope. Healing.
We're passionate about helping people reach their goals, especially challenged individuals! To do so, we've assembled a qualified team of experienced staff members, helpful volunteers, and trained therapy horses.
While our core mission is to serve those with physical, cognitive, emotional, or social challenges, we also offer lessons to typical (able-bodied) riders. Check out our programs below...then consider joining our supportive and vibrant Ridin' High community!
Ridin' High Programs:
We offer goal-oriented therapeutic riding lessons for persons with physical, emotional, cognitive, or social challenges. Lessons are taught by qualified instructors, including those holding PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certification. We serve riders ages 4-100 who have challenges such as Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Cerebral Palsy, TBI, Stroke, Dementia, Learning Disabilities, ACE, and PTSD.
Children who want to build their literacy and horsemanship skills will enjoy our "Pony Partners" Program. We use interaction with our gentle ponies along with many fun and educational activities to help students (ages 5-12 years old) with reading, literacy, and horsemanship skills. This program serves children with ADHD, Autism (ASD), and other learning disabilities as well as those who simply want to improve their literacy or horsemanship skills.
Those unable to ride can still benefit from ground-based equine assisted activities and therapies. Participants will gain confidence, improve motor planning skills, and increase functional abilities by interacting with the horses during structured groundwork activities under the guidance of qualified instructors. The groundwork activities include natural horsemanship training techniques, long-lining, horse handling/behavior skills, and brushing the horses. Persons of all ages are welcome in this program. It primarily serves those with extreme anxiety, PTSD, or who are of a weight that exceeds our maximum level (200 pounds). Additionally, it is an option for riders who are confined to a wheelchair as they can still lead, train, and interact safely with an equine.
The "Horses. Hope. Healing." program focuses on helping participants recover from traumatic events such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or PTSD by providing a safe, encouraging environment and positive interaction with the staff and horses. Several evidence-based studies indicate that equine assisted activities and therapies significantly help those who have undergone negative life events. We serve persons of all ages (typically from 4-65 years old) in this program, with an emphasis on working with children and youth.
We offer lessons to 'typical' (able-bodied) participants who simply want to learn riding skills. Our quiet horses and experienced instructors can help riders learn horsemanship skills and reach their goals. The cost of the lessons is competitive and lesson monies generated help to support our therapeutic riding program. We serve all ages in this program.
Our summer day horse camp
is for children and youth ages 5-16 years old who have undergone Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Trauma-informed care centers around interactive activities with our wonderful therapy horses, relationship-building, and riding. Participants gain confidence and build resilience through carefully-designed, equine-based services.
First, all of us at Ridin’ High hope that you and your family are healthy and we wish you the best as we all navigate through this difficult time.
Here's the good news: In conjunction with our Board of Directors, we have worked hard to develop a solid operational plan. The plan includes health protocols, based on recommendations from PATH, Intl., the CDC, and the State of Tennessee. These protocols are posted on the COVID page of our website.
We are dedicated to doing everything possible to ensure the safety, health and wellness of our participants, volunteers, staff, and the greater community. We also have an absolute obligation to ensure the welfare of our therapy horses and we are committed to keep our amazing professional staff, riders, families, and volunteers together as a community. It has taken Ridin’ High 28 years to build this incredible human and equine team and we are determined to emerge from this situation with our community stronger than ever.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you so much – and we hope to see you back at Ridin’ High in the near future.
We'd love to talk personally with you about Ridin' High can benefit you, your school, or your family member. Call our office at 423-585-0331 (or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).