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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riding with HEART is located in beautiful Pittstown, New Jersey in Hunterdon County on 30 Green Acres preserved farmland. The tree-lined farm provides shaded areas for camp activities.Camp Highlights
GirlPower! Ages 10-12 TeenPower! Ages 13+.
A fun and dynamic camp for girls that harnesses the horse as a path to self-discovery and empowerment. Through peer and equine interactions, activities, horsemanship skills and riding, girls will discover the power within themselves. During the week the girls will build self-confidence, problem-solving skills, communication, responsibility, teamwork and self-discovery to overcome issues that plague the pre-teen and teenage years, such as depression, low self-esteem, bullying, peer pressure and body image. Each day campers will participate in an experiential group activity led by a local licensed therapist, an instructor, and a horse. Horsemanship skills, barn activities and a horseback riding lesson taught by a PATH Intl. certified riding instructor round out a jam-packed day of horseplay and self-discovery.
GirlPower! July 8-12 9-2 daily
TeenPower! July 15-19 9-2 daily
$450 weekly camp tuition
Super Siblings Camp
Super Sibling Camp is for brothers and sisters of children with special needs. Many times when a family has a child with special needs the attention and focus is on the special needs child. Siblings may feel like a low priority or they may feel a large responsibility for their brother or sister. Even though they love their special sibling, there may be many challenges that go along with being a super sibling. Super Siblings Camp is a place they can give to and receive support from other super siblings. Daily activities include an equine-assisted group session led by the team consisting of a local licensed therapist, an instructor, and a horse. Each day also includes a horseback riding lesson, barn activities, arts & crafts and more!
$450 weekly camp tuition
Horses, books, fresh air and new friends. Sounds like the perfect summer! Pony Tales camp is geared toward the struggling reader who needs to keep reading skills sharp during the summer. What better and fun way than to do it at horseback camp. Campers will participate in fun, academically-based horse related activities and projects developed by teachers and certified riding instructors. All campers will receive a daily group riding lesson and barn horsemanship activities. This camp is perfect for a student who needs some fun support to help build reading skills or a reader who wants to keep their skills sharp over the summer.
Grades K-2 July 29-August 2
Grades 3-5 August 5-9
$450 weekly camp tuition
This weekly inclusive horseback riding camp is for riders of ALL abilities. Riders with and without disabilities will learn horseback riding, horsemanship skills, participate in barn activities, theme days and arts and crafts. A great camp for when Extended School Year is finished.
Week 1-August 12-16
Week 2-August 19-23
$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: www.ridingwithheart.org
A non-refundable deposit of $150 and completed forms are due by May 31st to ensure a
spot in camp for your child. 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 here. A Participant Registration form must be completed as well to participate in camp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.