Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center
Here's the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Please call or send us an e-mail if you have more questions or would like to schedule a visit.
Question: Who is eligible to participate in programs at Therapeion?
Answer: Therapeutic riding uses equine-oriented activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well being of people with disabilities and emotional issues. PATH Intl sets the minimum age for participation at 4 years old. There is no upper age limit for participation in our programs. Before participating, individuals need to consult with their physicians. PATH Intl riding centers require each prospective participant to present a complete medical history and a signed physician’s statement prior to a therapeutic riding session.
Question: What is EAL?
Answer: EAL, short for Equine Assisted Learning, is an educational approach to equine-assisted activities. EAL content is developed and organized with the primary intent to facilitate personal growth and development of life skills through equine interactions. Activities are usually ground based as opposed to riding and focus on using horsemanship skills to develop life skills and more.
Question: Does Therapeion take insurance?
Answer: Unfortunately Therapeion is unable to take insurance. It is not a covered service under insurance plans, including Medicaid.
Question: How do I enroll?
Answer: Please visit our "Enroll" page to find the link to the application. It must be downloaded, printed, completed, and forwarded to Therapeion before starting classes. You must also contact Therapeion by e-mail or phone to sign up for your class day and time.
Question: What is a Therapeion volunteer mentor?
Answer: Our volunteer mentors are an integral part of the Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center programs. As a Therapeion volunteer mentor you will receive training in safety, horse handling and grooming, and the skills needed to work with individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Our volunteer mentors work alongside the Therapeion instructor, helping the youth and adults in our programs build competence, confidence, and improve communications and learning skills.
Question: How do I sign up to volunteer?
Answer: Please visit the "Volunteer" page for a link to our application and to our Volunteer Manual. The application needs to be downloaded, printed, completed, and sent to Therapeion either before your training or you can bring it with you the day of your training. All volunteers that intend to assist during classes must complete the New Volunteer Orientation class and have an application on file. There is a $10 fee due at the time of your training class to cover the cost of the Federally required criminal history check. The class schedule can be found on our "Calendar" page. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you have questions or you wish to sign up for a training class. email@example.com
Question: Are there other ways to volunteer besides during classes?
Answer: YES! Visit our "Volunteer" page to learn about other volunteer opportunities.
Question: What if I don't have time to volunteer but want to help?
Answer: There are lots of ways you can help, even if you don't have time to volunteer. Visit our "Support Us" page for more information. You can also contact Therapeion by phone or e-mail with questions.
"There are many skills and maneuvers that people tend to classify as either Western or English. But the truth is horses are horses – their balance is the same, the way they move and the way in which the rider uses the aids for cueing are the same. The appearance of your clothes and tack doesn’t really change that.”
~ Julie Goodnight