Adaptive Riding Program

Program Structure

Saddle Up’s Adaptive Riding program is a year round program where children from the age of 4 through their 19th birthday get to work on their mounted and unmounted horsemanship skills. Participants are assigned to a weekly lesson led by a PATH International Certified Instructor. Lessons can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour and can include up to 4 participants.



Saddle Up!’s PATH International Certified Instructors are trained to adapt many different types of resources within the lesson to enhance a participant’s abilities. Participants are provided a leader for their horse and sidewalkers as necessary to help support them throughout their lesson. Tack and lesson equipment is selected to meet the needs of the participants and many adaptions can be made for comfort, fit, and ease of use. Lesson instruction is enhanced as each instructor teaches to each participant’s learning style.

Progress & Goals

Saddle Up! developed and uses RIDES® as our system of assessment for the Adaptive Riding program. For more information visit the RIDES® website. The RIDES® program allows our PATH International Certified Instructor to teach mounted and unmounted skills and to set and measure participant goals and objectives, from the fundamentals to cantering. Goals are based on the participant’s abilities and include family input. At the end of each session, families are updated via an End of Session Report on how their child has worked to attain their goals.



Participants must be between the age of 4 and 19 years old and have a documented disability. Participants must be able to have proper head, neck, and trunk control to sit upright on the horse.


Saddle Up!’s Adaptive Riding program costs $60 per lesson. Thanks to the support of our Scholarship Fund, families are only responsible for a $30 fee per lesson. The lesson fee is charged in a lump sum to cover up to 8 weeks of programming. There is also a one-time New Participant Assessment fee of $30 to determine participant eligibility for the program. We do not want cost to deter your child participating in this program, so please contact our Business Director if you need financial aid considerations. If you would like to donate to our Scholarship Fund please click HERE.

How do I get my child involved?

If you would like to get your child involved as a participant in our Adaptive Riding program, please contact our Program Department. If you would like to be involved in Therapeutic Riding as a volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Services Director. We also invite your to complete our participation interest form.

Saddle Up!

1549 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069-9136

Program Hours

Monday – Thursday 9am – 7pm

Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 4pm