Therapeutic Riding

Adaptive or Therapeutic Riding contributes positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people ages 5 and older with disabilities!

Therapeutic Riding classes are conducted as group, semi-private, or private lessons. Our Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified instructors work with parents/caregivers, and  participants to set appropriate goals for each participant. The instructors, with the support of a skilled team of volunteers and horses, enable students to safely develop independent riding skills.

Safety is paramount in our programs at TROT. A new participant may be assisted by two volunteer side walkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a dedicated horse handler.

Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to prevent a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the participant’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, participant with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength.

Children 5+ years old

Our largest therapeutic riding program is for school-aged children.

Adults of all Ages

We invite adults to participate and enjoy the benefits of therapeutic riding which include:

  • Improving balance, coordination, motor skills, speech, and communication skills
  • Building confidence and emotional control
  • Improving sensory input and integration
  • Cultivating empathy

2019 Session Dates

2019 Winter Semester:  January 14 – April 13  (12 weeks)

No classes:  March 18-23

2019 Spring Semester:  April 22 – June 1  (6 weeks)

2019 Fall Semester:  September 9 – December 14    (12 weeks)

No classes:  November 25-30


Program fees

Fall semester (12 weeks):  $540

Winter Semester (12 weeks):  $540

Spring Semester (6 weeks):  $270 

Interested in Becoming a Participant? Follow these easy steps!

  1. Click here to download Participant Application
  2. Return completed Participant Application and Physician Release to our center:
    Mail or deliver to: 8920 E Woodland Rd, Tucson AZ 85749
    Email to:
    Fax to: 520-749-0123
  3. After reviewing your application, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a participant evaluation.
  4. Scheduling will be determined at the time of the participant’s evaluation.

Applications & Information

Welcome & Enrollment Agreement

Download an Application

Download a Scholarship Application

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle is a program created at TROT for individuals who have ridden in the past and may have had a negative experience on horseback. Maybe that former rider has anxieties and fears that our specially trained horses and experienced instructors can help overcome. Each participant helps set realistic goals that create an atmosphere of success that includes riding and groundwork.

Fees:  $55 per lesson or $200 for a package of 4 lessons

Veterans’ Program:

Since 2006 TROT has collaborated with the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration to offer therapeutic riding services to injured US Veterans in the Tucson Region. TROT’s “Heroes on Horses” is one of the first programs of its type created at a PATH Premier Accredited Center!

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