Riding Participation Criteria

• Physically able to sit symmetrically with torso upright and legs astride the horse during dynamic movement.

• Physically able to maintain head and neck position independently in proper alignment with dynamic movement.

• Weigh less than 180 pounds.

• Able to sit independently without sidewalker support.

• Does not exhibit physical or behavioral conditions that are contraindicated by PATH International (see doctor’s forms).

• Have current signed and dated paperwork – registration and release as well as physician’s statement.

• Benefit physically, emotionally, socially and/or cognitively from services provided at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

• Complete an intake assessment where trained staff evaluate eligibility.

• Able to tolerate a riding safety helmet.

• Ability to accommodate the movement of the horse without pain.

• Adequate range of motion in hip(s) to sit astride.

• Safety awareness around animals.

• Ability to express pain or discomfort.

• Behave in a manner that is safe for self, horses and others.