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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Horseback Riding
Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Certification:Instructors certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


New Heights Therapy Center is a progressive equestrian program that teams student riders with horses, instructors, and volunteers in therapeutic riding sessions designed to challenge and inspire the riders. Horseback riding helps people who are mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged achieve an improved quality of life. Based on input from doctors, therapists, teachers, and parents, the student's individual goals are designed to complement ongoing therapy and education. It works and it's fun!

New Heights Therapy Center operates out of Folsom Equestrian Center. This beautiful and expansive facility is located in Folsom, Louisiana - in the heart of St. Tammany Parish "Horse Country". Folsom Equestrian Center is an ideal facility for therapeutic riding. New Heights is able to provide riding sessions in the large covered arena -- ideal for Louisiana weather. The riders also may enjoy a supervised "Trail Ride" on the large acreage.

The Riding Session

An instructor will work with a rider or group of riders and their volunteers. Each horse will have a volunteer leader. Some riders will ride with the aid of a "backrider", a non-disabled rider. Others may have sidewalkers.

The rider may learn special riding skills, care of the horse, or how to saddle a horse. The riders often play games on horseback or perform gymnastic movements on the back of the horse. An occupational therapist or physical therapist will be consulted and may offer "hands-on" assistance in positioning and recommending activities for riders. Each rider will have individual goals to work toward.