Horseback Riding

***Registration for 2017

will be limited this year.**

We regret that we will not be able to accommodate any new riders. Should things change, and we are able to increase our service, it will be posted on this page. Thank you for your understanding

For returning families, lessons will begin early July, please contact  Also, due to limited volunteer resources, riders need to be accommodated by one adult who can be trained and offer support as a side walker during the lesson.

*we do not do group lessons*

swirl icon for anyone with special needs

lainie-horseRed Roof Retreat offers horseback riding for people with special needs of any age, with a weight restriction of 150lbs. The program provides educational and recreational activities: feeding, grooming and tacking the horses, and riding in the corral and on the beautiful outdoor trail. One instructor and 2-3 volunteers are available for riders. Sessions vary depending upon the needs and goals of each individual.

Medical professionals, therapists and teachers have long recognized the benefits of riding. Horses are non-judgmental, trusting and eager to learn and work together with the rider. For people with special needs, the benefits of riding are in the areas of physical, cognitive, communicative, social and emotional well being. Riding can improve balance, posture, core strength, mobility and function. As well, horseback riding promotes communication, sensory awareness, and self esteem.

For many people with special needs riding a horse at Red Roof Retreat is indeed a happy, unique and empowering opportunity.

Complete BOTH Registration and Payment Forms by June 20th

swirl icon Online Registration Form
swirl icon Online Payment Form

Some riders may need a medical form signed by their doctor to register for this program. 

swirl icon Health Benefits of Therapeutic Riding [PDF]


infoIf interested, please contact Steffanie Bjorgan at 289-868-9800 or to register. You will be sent an up-to-date-schedule at the beginning of each season.