BECOME A RIDER
We at New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding serve a wide variety of participants ages 5 and up to adults.
Here are just some of the special needs served by us:
Behavioral, Emotional, Mental, and Physical Disabilities Served (to name a few):Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Sight Impairment, Mental Retardation, Hearing Impairment, ADD/ADHD, Learning Disorders, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dandy Walker Syndrome, Paralysis, Scoliosis, Downs Syndrome, Speech Impairment, Developmental Delays or Disability, Spina Bifida, Acquired Brain Injury, Obewitz Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Stroke, Speech/Language Impairments, Dyslexia, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Global Delays, Amputee, Emotional, Behavioral, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida and much more.
We accept riders from 5 years old and up to adults. We accept riders with all disabilities, provided there are no contraindications.
In relation to horse health and safety, NBTR imposes a ruling on weight allowed on horses. In general and according to most published pieces a horse is able to carry around 20% of its weight without causing pain or long-lasting ill effects over a period of time. This is more difficult if the weight is unstable (unbalanced). Most of our horses weigh between 800 and 1100 pounds; this means our riders need to be at or below the weight of 220. Exceptions can be made regarding the weight if the rider’s ability to be balanced and in the correct position can help the horse stay sound and stable. Exceptions can be made also if a horse of over 1100 lbs is available and the rider is able to ride independently so volunteer side walkers will not be put in an unsafe position.
Precautions and Contraindications
There are precautions and contraindications for every disability and we evaluate every rider before they are accepted into the program. The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International is our governing body and has researched all disabilities to make therapeutic riding a safe and enjoyable experience for all who are eligible.
Cost per class
$40.00 per 45-minute class per student. This is a discounted rate as the true cost of a therapeutic riding lesson is about $95.00. This means that all students are riding on a scholarship.
The class will normally be held as long as the temperature INSIDE the barn AISLE is above or holding at 40 degrees, even if the outside temperature is below 40 degrees. The class will normally be held as long as the temperature INSIDE the barn AISLE is below or holding at 100 degrees, even if the outside temperature is above 100 degrees. Of course, it is your choice whether to bring your rider out in any extreme weather conditions. Any time you have questions about if classes will be held, PLEASE call the office. The office phone number is 270-777-3600.
Riders unable to pay $40.00 for each class must apply for a scholarship. Contact the Program Director and/or Head Instructor for additional information. The completed application will be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval and you will be notified of their response. NBTR is supported by community donations, NOT by participants’ fees. We ask for your help in collecting additional donations to support our operating budget; an extra $100 per year will really help us fulfill our program needs. Please contact the office as to how you can help us gather these donations.
Pay as you go
If you pay as you go the fee for each lesson is $40.00. We do ask that you pay on the day of the lesson. This is to save on the billing and postage fees. However, if you have an email address, we can email your statement if the balance is past due. Contact the Program Director and/or Head Instructor for additional information.
Rider Packet MASTER 2023
To be accepted into the NBTR Program, a Rider’s Packet must be completed, returned, and reviewed by our Program Director and Head Instructor. If there are further questions concerning a potential rider, our Physical Therapist and Medical Advisor will be consulted. After the rider has been accepted, he or she will be notified, and either a class time will be scheduled or the rider will be put on a waiting list if all classes are filled.
Who Can Volunteer?
Anyone who enjoys helping others can volunteer. You do not have to have horse experience to volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. To assist with lessons a person must be physically fit to walk approximately an hour and jog occasionally. Volunteers will need to commit 1-2 hours per week during our riding season.
Volunteering is a commitment and we need enough volunteers available for each rider so their ride can be safe and enjoyable. It is paramount that when you commit to a time that this time is kept because if we do not have enough volunteers for the day a rider may not be able to ride.
Do You Need Horse Experience?
No! There are many ways to volunteer at NBTR that do not involve horses.
Our major volunteer force is needed to work with our students as sidewalkers and horse leaders. We are also in need of volunteers for the office, fundraising, equipment care, horse schooling, photography and videography and special events.
Please print the volunteer packet forms and bring to the next volunteer orientation.
JR. VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Junior Volunteer Program
A Jr. Volunteer program is available for children from 9 to 13 years of age. These children should be able to follow instructions and guidance under adult supervision. Duties include keeping the facility clean and tidy, helping instructors and helping to prepare for classes. Horse experience is not required but is very helpful.
Before you can volunteer, you are required to complete a Volunteer Packet and attend an orientation. Orientations are scheduled throughout the season.