Weekly lessons in 8-week sessions

We offer weekly, 1 hour lessons in eight week sessions.  Lessons are typically private, but horsemanship and riding lessons are created and adapted with the participant’s stated goals driving the process, supported and shaped with input from the participant’s family, caregivers, and healthcare providers.  Each individual in our program engages in activities appropriate for developmental level, stamina, and need.

By providing opportunities to exceed limitations, Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center lights up faces with smiles of pleasure and a sense of accomplishment!

Tuition

The tuition for each session is $480, to be paid in full prior to the start of the session’s first lesson.  We accept personal checks, PayPal and cash.  Sorry, no credit or debit cards.  While we know that unexpected circumstances arise, if a participant cancels after they have already paid for a session, but prior to lessons commencing, full tuition minus a $30 administrative fee is refunded.  If a participant cancels during the first week of lessons, LOARC refunds the full tuition minus $90 ($30 administrative fee plus cost of one lesson).  No refunds are available after the first week of lessons.

Benefits of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)

Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) support physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual healing and growth.  Horses serve as “therapists” in this journey of exploration, facilitated by qualified, competent certified PATH Intl. riding instructors and a support team of committed, trained volunteers.  Our horses serve as resident “therapists,” and are seen by our participants as non-judgmental friends.

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)

Equine Facilitated Learning is defined as a form of experiential education that includes equine(s). It may include a number of equine activities such as handling, grooming, riding, driving and vaulting. EFL may be useful for people with psych-social issues and mental health needs that result in any significant variation in cognition, mood, judgment, insight, anxiety level, perception, social skills, communication, behavior or learning.

When working with horses, participants are encouraged to draw conclusions and metaphors about how the experiences relate to their own lives. Participants learn from interacting with horses and the immediate, honest, observable, and physical feedback received in the process. Though this unique method of self-discovery, the development of confidence, empowerment, relationship skills, compassion, and independence can occur in a fun, non-threatening environment.

Benefits of EFL

  • Learning about and practicing self-care
  • Reading and responding to body language
  • Sending accurate, authentic communication
  • Task completion
  • Following directions
  • Practicing healthy boundaries
  • Patience and frustration tolerance
  • Practicing teamwork
  • Leadership and assertiveness skills