Our mission is to use God and horses to nurture the body, mind and spirit.
*** UPDATE ***
We are currently overwhelmed by requests for therapeutic services and are doing our best to work with as many people as possible. In order to prioritize, requests for recreational activities outside of the services provided by OVS may not receive a response.
As a therapeutic facility our number one priority is to protect the safety and privacy of all of our participants. Because of that, all visits must be scheduled by appointment only. Orchardview Stables is NOT available for pony rides, trail rides, birthday parties and farm visits (youth or adult). We recognize that there is a market for these things, but it is not our mission to provide these recreational activities.
Ages: 4 and above, lesson=30 minutes
This is recreational horseback riding for individuals with special needs. Participants learn horsemanship and riding skills in a fun and safe way that is tailored to their specific needs. The goals in this program are based on riding skills. Due to the nature of the activities, increased strength, balance, coordination, communication and social skills among others, are added benefits, depending on each participant.
Ages: 8 and above, lessons= 60 minutes
Learn horsemanship skills from the ground up! Participants will start by learning about horse sense, care and safe handling, grooming, leading, tacking and more. Participants should expect to learn many foundational skills on the ground first with the horses before learning mounted riding skills.
Ages: 8 and above, lesson= 60 minutes
In this task-oriented program, participants learn about the horse and how to effectively communicate in their language. Participants will learn how to become a respected leader for their horse in order to develop a partnership where they maneuver obstacles and challenges together.
Ages: 12 and above (younger participants may be considered at instructor’s discretion), lesson= 60 minutes
A horse’s natural instincts make them very aware of a human’s energy and emotions. Oftentimes, they know our emotions better than we know ourselves! Participants will learn how to communicate through the horses’ instincts and language, by becoming more aware of their own emotions and energy. They then take that awareness and level of connection with the horse to make requests of the horse in a safe manner. Lessons will mostly be unmounted, however more advanced lessons may offer mounted work.
All programs above are offered in 6 week sessions.
6 week session= $250 (prices subject to change)