Riding With Heart

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Riding Lessons

Group and individual lessons are available for able-bodied and disabled riders, 4 to Adult, Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00am - 5:30pm, and Saturdays, between the hours of 10:00am - 4:00pm. Riding lessons are taught by PATH Intl. (Professional Assoc. of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) certified staff using our specially trained horses. Riding students will be introduced to basic riding skills in a safe and secure environment. Lessons are offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Lessons are booked based on rider ability and instructor availability.


To book lessons or for more information about this year's lesson schedule please call our office at 908-735-5912. A Participant Registration form and Physicians Form must be completed before the first lesson.

Payment is due at the time of registration. Only lessons cancelled by the staff will be rescheduled during make-up week. There are no refunds on lessons. All riders must pay an annual insurance charge of $50.

See our calendar for the lesson schedule.

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Introductory Lessons

New riders interested in trying horseback riding can sign up for our introductory lesson program, which consists of two private half-hour lessons either during the week or on Saturday. The best time to schedule introductory lessons is before a regular session. The cost for two introductory lessons is $85.

To book an introductory lesson or for more information, call our office at 908-735-5912.

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Mommy & Me

A fun group that combines songs, games and ponies for children with special needs!

Riding with HEART is now offering a Mommy & Me program for preschoolers with special needs. The class is conducted by a certified PATH International riding instructor and combines playing games and singing songs while riding a pony. Moms are taught how to walk beside the pony so they can interact along with their child. What a fun way for children who have speech/ language delays, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, cognitive delays, low muscle tone or other special needs to have a Mommy & Me activity just for them!

Space is limited so register now! Cost $180.

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Horsemanship Class

RWH is starting a new program beginning this November. We are offering a Horsemanship Class on Wednesdays in November. Each hour-long session will focus on the care of the horse. Every week the participants will learn different aspects of horse care such as proper grooming, care of our tack, what horses eat and how to feed them and basic barn chores. Chris and Jess will have a jam packed hour of horse fun planned. If the weather and time permits a game on horseback or trail ride might be planned.

See our calendar for the latest schedule.

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Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy is therapy on horseback performed by either a licensed physical ,speech, or occupational therapist in order to achieve improved neuromuscular function. The therapist uses the movement of the horse to facilitate postural control, sensory integration, and attention. The horse's movement provides movement patterns similar to that of the human pelvis at walk offering a unique opportunity to provide sensory, vestibular (movement and balance), and proprioceptive (information to the muscle and joint) input simultaneously. Therapy in this unique setting is both motivating and enjoyable!

Sue Liebross OTR/L is a N.J. licensed occupational therapist that has been using hippotherapy (occupational therapy on horseback) as a treatment tool since 1999. She is currently registered with PATH International as a level 2 trained practitioner. She will be available to work with your child - age 2 1/2 or older - Saturdays throughout the riding season.

For more information, call our office at 908-735-5912.

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Riding with HEART offers Social Skills Group for children on the Autism Spectrum.

Riding with HEART's Social Skills Group for children on the Autism Spectrum program is the place where social skills are learned, practiced and generalized in a stable environment.

The group consists of 3-4 children with a staff to rider ratio of 3:1. Each rider is assigned a 1:1 assistant for the duration of the session. The social skills group is taught and led by a PATH International certified instructor that has over 15 years experience working in Special Education in the public schools.

Participants are introduced to a weekly-targeted social skill through the use of social skill picture stories, didactic instruction, modeling or role playing.

Working in the barn, reciprocal interactions i.e. sharing, personal space, cooperation and communication are taught using a Naturalistic teaching method while riders cooperatively groom a horse.

Riders also participate in a structured group horseback riding lesson where the instructor uses different games and activities to practice the weekly targeted social skill. While the riders are playing games and participating in activities the instructor is also incorporating basic horseback riding skills to build stamina, trunk control and strength. The lessons also teach following multi step directions, problem solving, self-confidence all while having fun.

The multi-dimensional movement of the horse gives the riders the physical input adding to the benefits obtained during the session.

According to Robin Gabriels, PSY.D. Associate Professor- University of Colorado at Denver The Children's Hospital, results from the few studies with children who have autism suggest that as few as eight weeks of Therapeutic Horseback Riding intervention can have positive effects on improving:

For more information, call our office at 908-735-5912.

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Summer Camp

Riding with HEART offers many unique and fun summer camps for children with and without special needs. Your child will enjoy two rides daily as well as learning about horses and horse care, arts and crafts, games and meeting new friends.
Riding with HEART’s facility is located on 30 Green Acres Preserved farmland. The tree-lined grounds offer shade and cool summer breezes for campers. The low camper to staff ratio along with certified riding instructors provide safe horseback riding lessons and experiences for ALL campers.

Camp Highlights

Riding with HEART offers a variety of camps

GirlPower! Ages 10-12
A fun and dynamic camp that channels the power of the horse as a path to self-discovery and empowerment for girls to discover the power within themselves. Through working with and riding horses girls will build self-confidence, problem solving skills, communication, responsibility, and teamwork. Girls will strengthen their skills needed to combat depression, low self-esteem, bullying, peer pressure and body image. Each day includes a daily riding lessons, crafts, horse care class, and games.
GirlPower! July 7-11 9-2 daily
$400 weekly camp tuition

Super Siblings Camp
A special camp just for brothers and sisters of children with special health, mental health and/or developmental needs. This camp is for Super Siblings to gather and celebrate their special contributions within the family. Super Sibling Camp provides school aged siblings the opportunity to meet other siblings that share similar experiences which opens the avenue for peer support in a fun and exciting way through working with and riding horses, arts and crafts, games and more.
July 14-18
9-2 daily
$400 weekly camp tuition

Pony Tales
Combat summer learning loss at horse camp! Riding with HEART is offering an academically-based camp that combines horse related educational activities and projects along with riding and learning about horses. Horses, books, fresh air, horseback riding and new friends. Sounds like the perfect summer day!
July21-25
9-2 daily
$400 weekly camp tuition

Horsemanship Camp
For the independent intermediate rider. Horsemanship camp provides each individual with their own care horse for the week. Campers will be responsible for the total care and exercise of their horses. Campers learn health and stable management skills, riding, lunging, and ground driving skills. Camp size is limited to 6.
July 28-August 1
9-2 daily
$400 weekly camp tuition

Camp 'NEIGH'bor
Riding with HEART’s weekly inclusive camp for riders of ALL abilities. Riders with or without special needs will participate in a daily horseback riding lesson, participate in barn activities, art & crafts and more. This is the perfect camp for families where all the siblings can attend together. This is a great camp for after the Extended School Year.
Week 1-August 4-8
Week 2-August 11-15
9-2 daily
$400 weekly camp tuition

All campers must have a Camp Application and a Participant's Form completed to attend camp. All forms may be found on our website here: www.ridingwithheart.org

Camp Application and a $150 non-refundable deposit is due by May 30th. With the balance paid by June 30th.

Mail forms and deposit to:
Riding with HEART
639 CR 513
Pittstown, NJ 08867

See our calendar for the latest schedule. For more information about summer camp, please call our office at 908-735-5912. You can download the camp application and registration forms here.

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Class Trips

RWH is a great destination for your organization. Upon request, we can schedule group lessons for your summer camp, class trip, scouts, etc. To request a group lesson, call our office at 908-735-5912.

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Equine Facilitated Learning/Psychotherapy (EFL/EFP)

Riding With HEART is now offering Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Equine Facilitated Learning. The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, or PATH International, provides the following information on these programs: Equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) and equine-facilitated learning (EFL) are experiential forms of psychotherapy and learning that involve equines.

EFP

The horse acts as a large biofeedback machine, providing the client and the therapist with information regarding the client's moods and changes within those moods. If a client arrives anxious the horse will act and respond one way. If the client is able to reduce his or her anxiety, the horse's behaviors will also change. This provides a plethora of information and skill building opportunities for both the client and the therapist.

EFL

In an educational setting, horses and the lifestyle that goes along with maintaining horses, provides opportunities to teach critical life and communication skills. Horses mostly use non-vocal communication and thus are wonderful teachers to help us better understand and learn how our non-verbal communication might be impacting or influencing others in our lives.

The professional therapist providing these services is Michelle Pinheiro, LCSW, specializing in play therapy for children 3 - 12 years old. She also has an extensive background in substance abuse treatment and individual counseling for teens and adults.

These sessions are offered in either private or group format, please contact Chris Baxter for additional information.

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Scouting Badges

RWH provides classes designed to meet the requirements of the Boy Scouts Horsemanship Badge, Girl Scout Horse Fan, Horse Rider, and Horse Sense Badges. Badges can be completed by groups or individuals. Please call our office at 908-735-5912 for more information.

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