Hope for the Trail’s programs are based on an individual’s ability to participate safely, provided the necessary resources are available including an appropriate horse, volunteers and class availability which meet the individual’s needs.
Hope for the Trail follows the Precautions and Contraindications as recommended by the Medical Committee of PATH Intl., as well as professional standards. Our professional staff will provide initial and ongoing evaluations for all prospective and active participants.
Hope for the Trail Therapeutic Horsemanship reserves the right to decide we are unable to serve an applicant due to unavailable resource(s) and/or safety concerns including PATH Intl. guidelines relating to contraindications for participation.
Minimum Age: 5 years old unless recommended* to begin sooner by a medical professional (*Recommendation letter from physician is required)
There is no maximum age limit.
Weight Maximums: Due to the recommendations from our veterinarian, we have a maximum weight limit of 250lbs.
Postural Control: Riders must be able to maintain a sitting position, and have adequate head and neck strength to prevent hyperextension.
Hope For The Trail currently serves children and adults who have cognitive, developmental, sensory and/or learning disabilities. Examples of the diagnoses include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Prader Willie Syndrome
- Sensory Integration Issues
- Tourettes Syndrome
- Visual Impairments
As we grow and expand our facility and program, we will begin to take on riders with physical disabilities that require specialized equipment.