Therapeutic Riding Program

Program Structure

Saddle Up’s Therapeutic 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.

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Adaptations

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 their system of assessment for the Therapeutic 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 participants 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.

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How do I get my child involved?

If you would like to get your child involved as a participant in our Therapeutic Riding program, please contact our Program Director. If you would like to be involved in Therapeutic Riding as a volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Services Director.

Contact Us

Saddle Up!
1549 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069-9136
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615-794-1150
FAX: 615-794-7973

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Program Hours

Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm
Please contact us during these hours for assistance. We are closed Sundays & major holidays, except for special events.

If you have questions or would like more information about our program, please don't hesitate to contact us.

About Us

Saddle Up! is the region’s oldest and largest recreational therapeutic riding program, and it is the only one exclusively serving children and youth with disabilities.

Saddle Up!’s mission

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provide children and youth with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses.