Centaur Stride was initially designed to enable participants, specifically with physical disabilities to engage in activities that would:

  1. Improve one’s potential or ability to walk, and to preserve and/or improve hip range of motion to prevent or reduce pain.
  2. Utilize and strengthen back/trunk muscles, especially for people supported all day in a wheelchair.
  3. Improve functional use of hands (i.e. through steering the horse or reaching for objects).
  4. Improve balance and equilibrium reactions.
  5. Have fun while engaging in activities that have therapeutic benefit.

Programs were soon expanded to integrate riders of all levels of ability, and to create new programs to address other needs identified in the community.  These needs included programs to build self-esteem and friendships, strengthen family unity, provide quality, structured after-school enrichment opportunities, and collaborate with other community programs to maximize potential.

  Rider Registration Form
Emergency Medical Treatment Consent Form
Medical History Release Form

 Activity Photo Slideshow

Integrated (Therapeutic) Horseback Riding

Scheduled in small groups, riders with physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive disabilities engage in group lessons with non-disabled riders.  Lessons are designed to challenge each rider individually.  Lessons include horse care and riding prep, inside arena lessons and outdoor trail rides.

Lesson fees are $30 each

Friends and Family

Designed to build and strengthen family unity and friendships, this program allows riders to bring a friend or family member to ride with them.  Common interests and shared experiences are crucial to building strong relationships.