The Challenged Rider

Riding and working with horses is inherently therapeutic. The benefits of ​riding and forming a relationship with a horse are indisputable.  Horses are empathetic and responsive; they form close relationships and are wonderful listeners. Our horses and instructors are trained to facilitate and support the connections between horse and rider even when the rider has unique physical, emotional or intellectual considerations. Lessons in each of the categories described here follow the pricing outlined in our Lesson Information.

Therapeutic Riding

 We are a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, and several of our instructors are PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructors. They have specialized training in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating individualized and adapted riding lesson plans to ensure that riders of all ages and abilities can experience the joy of horses.


Red Jack Saddle Club:  

Our Special Olympics Equestrian Team


Our Special Olympics Equestrian Team provides an opportunity for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to be part of team and to practice and compete in the Minnesota state horse show. Riders take regular riding lessons from certified coaches throughout the year, practicing events such as Western or English Equitation, Trail Class, Showmanship at Halter, or Drill Team. This is fantastic fun for the riders, their families and the large Red Jack cheering section and paparazzi that accompanies the team! The photo on the left shows Tyler, coached by Tom, riding our most fabulous Foxy in the warm up ring before their gold medal–winning performance in Western Equitation last summer.  

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