Our Programs

Traditional Therapeutic Riding Lessons

**** Unfortunately our Spring 2019 Program is Full ****

New to Free Spirit?

Spring 12 Week Session  — (April – June)  
$350 (tax included)

3 Day Summer Camp (Beginning of July)
$200 (tax included)

Fall 12 Week Session (September – November)
$350 (tax included)

We guarantee our families 10 riding lessons (provided perfect attendance) over the course of 12 weeks which accommodates for any holidays, snow days or cancellations due to our staffs’ sickness. 

Therapeutic riding is available to any one who may require some extra support during programming. You are eligible to participate in our program if you present with any one or more of the following concerns or presentations:

* ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
* Anxiety (select mutism, social phobias, panic disorders)
* Behavioral concerns (aggression, tantrums)
* Down syndrome
* Cerebral Palsy
* Eating disorders
* Paralysis
* Development of social skills
* Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI)
* Depression
* Rhett’s Syndrome
* Cognitive delays
* Amputation
* Chronic illness
* Spinal Cord Injury
* Development of Speech or Language 
* Arthritis
* Mental Health Concerns
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Would like additional support for any reason which could include fear of horses, requires additional emotional support, etc 

  • Minimum 3 years of age
  • Complete all necessary paperwork prior to starting
  • Attend an intake meeting prior to starting lessons for the first time
  • Have a family doctor, physician, occupational therapist or physiotherapist medically clear the participant to ride
  • Willing to learn new skills and meet new people
  • Willing and able to wear an approved ASTM-SEI riding helmet (we provide the helmets)

All of our riders must meet 5 basic requirements in order to participate in our traditional therapeutic riding lessons. 
Note: these requirements were implemented for the safety of both our riders and horses

Riders will be given an opportunity to learn some of these skills if they do not meet them initially. They will receive conditional acceptance into the program for a minimum of 2 weeks (if not longer) to try to achieve these necessary requirements. If a rider after 2-3 weeks is unsuccessful, they may be asked to leave the program and are encouraged to try again in future programming options

1. Be able to hold onto a strap with at least one hand

2. Be able to carry and hold a prop

3. Sit balanced in the saddle

4. No involuntary dismounts

5. Rider must meet a portion of their own goals set during an intake meeting/beginning of the 12 week session and demonstrate progress over a period of time

 1. Submit Rider Registration Form

You can submit a rider registration form online, or print the forms and mail, e-mail or drop them off to the FSTRA office located at Rohan Wood Stables in Aylesford. Once our office receives your registration forms, a staff member will be in contact with you to schedule an intake meeting and inform you of our availability in upcoming sessions and programming options.

2. Schedule Intake Meeting

All new riders are required to attend an intake meeting prior to starting in our program. Intake meetings are designed for our staff to become familiar with our riders and determine the best horse or pony for them to ride. Furthermore it allows some discussion for parents or guardians to indicate goals they would like their rider to accomplish and consider any accommodations that will allow them to experience success in our program. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions and determine next steps required (if any) before registration is considered “complete”.

3. Other required forms

Medical form:  In addition to the rider registration form, all of our riders will need to be medically cleared to ride by a family physician, occupational therapist or a physiotherapist. This is a requirement set in place by our governing body CanTRA. You can download the medical form or talk to our staff about this specific aspect of registration should you have any questions

Goal Sheet: Completed or discussed during intake meeting and is currently included in registration form

Generic Assessment Form: Completed or discussed during intake meeting and is currently included in the registration form. This allows staff to assess the abilities of the riders and determine any areas requiring improvement or focus.

We require that all fees are paid upfront before your programming begins. Should you require an alternative plan to payment, or a payment plan, please contact us directly to make other arrangements. We accept e-transfers, cheques and cash at this time. 

  • Please Note: Unfortunately at this time we cannot accommodate any refunds for missed lessons. The cost represents the entire session regardless of how many lessons you are able to attend. 

Lessons vary in length being either 30 minutes or 60 minutes long

The majority of lessons are group lessons, with no more than 4 riders in the ring at a time. Depending on the support required some of our clients ride in private lessons. All private are 30 minutes in length.

All riders are mounted one at a time from the wheelchair ramp.

Parents, family, guardians, workers and friends are welcomed and invited to watch lessons. They may take photos as long as there is NO FLASH photography. We have a seating area inside the indoor arena in the corner.

Mounting: 5-10 minutes

Warm up: 10 minutes of stretching

Skill Building: : 10 minutes of skill building through intentional activity

Practice & Education:  20 minutes of practice of skills and education embedded in a game format

Trotting: 5-10 minutes (depending on skill, ability, support & desire) Not required

Dismounting: 5 minutes 

  • Before entering the indoor ring, we ask that every yell “DOOR” before entering. One of our therapy ponies is blind. Any sudden movement by the door may startle our therapy horses. By verbally yelling “door” it alerts our horses to expect movement as well as alerting our staff and instructors that someone is entering
  • Dress warmly for our Fall Session and beginning of the Spring session. The indoor riding ring is NOT heated. Dress your rider, and yourself as a spectator accordingly. 

Forms and Paperwork to Register

**** Unfortunately our Spring 2019 Program is Full ****


Add your Rider to our Waitlist for the next available therapeutic riding 12 week session or last minute opportunity:

Returning Rider?

Spring 12 Week Session  — (April – June)  
$350 (tax included)

3 Day Summer Camp (Beginning of July)
$200 (tax included)

Fall 12 Week Session (September – November)
$350 (tax included)

We guarantee our families 10 riding lessons (provided perfect attendance) over the course of 12 weeks which accommodates for any holidays, snow days or cancellations due to our staffs’ sickness. 

1. Returning Rider Registration Form

Each rider needs to fill out a Returning Rider Registration form for each calendar year they wish to participate in programming. 

2. Rider Medical Form

We require that all of our riders submit a completed medical form each calendar year. This medical form clears said rider for ALL programs happening in that calendar year (i.e. Spring Session, Open House, Summer Camp, Fall Session).  

Please inform us if anything medically changes with the rider over the course of the year as  we may require additional paperwork from a physician.

Submitting Paperwork

All paperwork and deposits can be mailed to FSTRA (PO BOX 93 Aylesford NS B0P 1C0) or dropped off at the FSTRA Office at Rohan Wood Stables. There is a deposit mailbox outside the office in the foyer.

First and foremost, we try our best to accommodate all our riders and provide consistency from each programming option (same horses, volunteers, days etc)

If you have ridden with us before during a Spring Session or Fall Session, generally we attempt to keep the schedule the same session to session. 

Despite our best efforts sometimes these riding slots change session to session based on horse availability or matching riders to similar ages and abilities. We are also dependent on ring availability that our host RWS provides, so some lesson times may change that are out of our control. We appreciate the flexibility and patience each session as we work out a very busy schedule at a busy facility. 

If your family has a strong preference for availability or if your schedule changes, please inform us as soon as possible  (preferably by separate email or phone call) that you may require an alternate day or time. We will do our best to work with each family. A separate email or phone call will ensure we do not miss this information when working on the schedule.

We require a minimum deposit of $100.00 to hold your riding spot with the completed Returning Rider Registration form but would strongly prefer the full program fees paid upfront before programming begins. 

Should you require an alternative plan to payment, or a payment plan, please contact us directly to make other arrangements. We accept e-transfers, cheques and cash at this time. 

  • Please Note: Unfortunately at this time we cannot accommodate any refunds for missed lessons. The cost represents the entire session regardless of how many lessons you are able to attend. 

Guaranteed a Space

  • Do not assume that just because you rode with us previously, that you will be guaranteed a spot! The earlier you are in submitting paperwork and registering for the program again, the better the chances of securing a spot. Our waiting list is growing and we cannot accommodate everyone who is seeking services at this time. Therefore we have set strict deadlines for registration for each session. We cannot guarantee participation if the deadline is missed or forgotten. 

Equine Heroes 

  • We do our best to provide our riders with the same horses or volunteers for each programming option. If there will be any changes regarding your equine hero, we will try to inform you early. 

Changes in horses occur for several reasons 

1) The horse or pony is not available at your riding time slot due to other programming running within the facility
 
2) The rider has outgrown their horse or pony and requires a larger equine hero
 
3) We have retired the equine hero from the FSTRA program
 
4) We believe a different equine hero may benefit the rider better and help the rider achieve their individual goals

The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Experience FSTRA - Group Tour

At FSTRA, we believe that everyone should have the freedom to ride. To allow more people access to our program, we offer packages for groups to experience our community at Rohan Wood Stables. This is a great option to learn more about our programs, learn some ways to get involved and meet our staff and volunteers.

Please contact us directly to arrange this program option and book your time!

Would you like to meet the horses at Rohan Wood Stables? Let us introduce you to the therapy horses and all of their friends. See where the horses spend their time off, where riding lessons take place, and learn about each horses’ unique diet. Bring along a carrot or two and horses will never want you to leave!

  • 45 minute tour
  • 2 - 20 people
  • $30.00 / group
"Rohan Wood Stables is such a friendly and welcoming place. I don't think you've realized what a difference this has made in our lives"
Parent of FSTRA rider

School Programs


School Trip Option 1

Would your students like to experience therapeutic riding? This option allows students to participate in a one hour therapeutic riding lesson as a group. The hour lesson includes basic riding skills and educational games and activities on horseback. Please contact us to discuss your goals for the lesson

  • 1 hour
  • 4-6 students
  • $20.00/student (tax included)


School Trip Option 2

Option 2 allows your class to spend more time at the stables. Students break into two groups and alternate between an hour therapeutic riding lesson and an hour of stable management. The stable management portion includes a farm tour, brushing the horses and learning about horse care

  • 2 hours
  • 8-12 Students
  • $25.00/student (tax included)
"It is a very rewarding volunteering program to assist with. The participants are given as much freedom as possible and they love that. All the organizers are amazing with great attitudes and compassion for the participants"
FSTRA Volunteer
2013
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