Children and Adults with Special Needs

 

Adaptive Riding Lessons

All of B.O.K. Ranch’s Adaptive Riding Lessons are group lessons. The maximum amount of riders in a class is four. During each lesson, riders are taught how to work together as a team with their horse and with their classmates.

Maximum Support Lessons

A maximum support rider is a rider who requires two side walkers (a person on both the right and left side of the horse) and a horse handler (a person walking at the head of the horse). Riders may need additional help with balance, fine motor skills (holding the reins), and following directions.

Minimum Support Lessons

A minimum support rider can control their horse independently under “normal” circumstances. They are assisted in lessons by a spotter or potentially a horse handler who is in place in case of an emergency. Minimum support riders are usually beginning to trot their horses with assistance.

Transition Lessons

Transition riders are able to groom, saddle, and ride their horses independently. Some transition riders are beginning to learn how to canter their horses. These riders could potentially begin riding at a main stream riding center, however, for the time being may need to take instruction in a more structured and individualized environment.

Rider Criteria

  • All B.O.K. Ranch riders must be able to sit up independently on a horse without any type of head, neck, or back support.

  • Riders can not exhibit any behaviors that would make riding dangerous (i.e. hitting, kicking, biting, screaming).

  • All riders must be able to wear an approved riding helmet, during all lessons.

  • Riders must weigh under 180 lbs.

  • An intake packet including a physicians release form must be completed before lessons can be scheduled.

  • Rider needs to be seizure free for a minimum of 12 months.

Other health requirements may apply, please contact the office for additional details regarding health and safety rider requirements.

 

Enrollment Process

First Step:

Fill out the intake packet, including having the physicians form filled out and send it all back to the B.O.K. Ranch main office.

Second Step:

A 30 minute intake assessment; consisting of a brief evaluation to help determine the most appropriate riding lesson group (Maximum Support, Minimum Support, or Transition).

Third Step:

Start attending once a week, one hour riding lessons.

Enrollment process and associated costs are subject to change. 

Please call the office about current lesson rates.