Alumni Transitions

Program Structure

Saddle Up’s Alumni Transitions program is a year round program where Saddle Up! Graduates from the age of 19 through their 26th birthday get to work on their mounted riding skills, unmounted horsemanship skills, and life skills. The philosophy of the group is “Learning, Helping, & Riding.” Participants are assigned to a weekly, 1.5 hour lesson led by a PATH International Certified Instructor. Lessons operate during the day (no evening or weekend lessons available) and include up to 3 participants.


Progress & Goals

Alumni Transitions uses RIDES® for assessing mounted and unmounted horsemanship skills. For more information, visit our RIDES® informational page. Additional goals are set for participants based on additional life skills being incorporated into the Helping portion of their lesson. At the end of each lesson, participants add to their Alumni Transition learning notebook in order to track their skills and knowledge, as well as share their progress with parents/guardians.


Participants must be between the age of 19 and 26 years old, have a documented disability, and be a graduate of Saddle Up!’s Adaptive Riding program. Participants must be able to have proper head, neck, and trunk control to sit upright on the horse. Participants over the weight limit of Saddle Up! horses (max weight limit is 215 lbs for mounted activities) can participate in the unmounted and life skills activities. Participants must also have the ability to participate in a group and follow directions.


Saddle Up!’s Alumni Transitions lessons cost $50 per participant. The lesson fee is charged in a lump sum to cover up to 8 weeks of programming. A $25 non-refundable registration fee will be charged per session. We do not want the cost of programs to deter your child from participating, so if you would like more information on our Financial Aid program, please let us know.

How do I get my child involved?

If your child is a graduate of Saddle Up! and you would like more information about this program, please contact our Program Department.

Saddle Up!

1549 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069-9136

Program Hours

Monday – Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 4pm