Equine Assisted Activities

Woodloch Stable now offers Therapeutic Riding lessons, Equine Assisted Learning (ground work) classes, and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.*   Michelle Anderson coordinates the Therapeutic Riding program and is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified instructor. To learn more about PATH International, Therapeutic Riding, and other equine-assisted activities that can benefit people of all ages and abilities, visit the PATH International website.

Please email Michelle if interested in participating or volunteering

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding, also known as ‘adaptive riding,’ uses equine-assisted activities to contribute positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with special needs. Horseback riding provides a rhythmical three-dimensional movement that moves the rider’s body in a similar movement to the human gait. This helps improve the rider’s flexibility, muscle strength, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, and much more! Therapeutic riding is known for its benefits in helping riders improve their lives, including their health, education, sports, recreation, and leisure. PATH-certified instructor Michelle Anderson coordinates Woodloch’s therapeutic riding program. As a riding instructor, Michelle’s goal is to teach horsemanship skills and help riders reach their goals while riding and in life! Woodloch utilizes sidewalkers and horse leaders as needed.

Participants must be approved to participate and the Instructor has the right to turn down any riders that may be unsuited for the program. Participants with mobility limitations, balance issues, behavioral concerns, and seizure disorder are unable to partake in programming at this time.

***If a rider needs volunteers to assist, volunteers are available to assist in a class by request and with at least 48-hours notice.***

2018 Therapeutic Riding Lesson Price:

  • Hourly private lesson – $70.00

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)/Ground Work Classes

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) provides a learning experience with horses. In EAL, individuals learn horsemanship skills on the ground with their horse and how to interact with horses. Horses communicate primarily using non-verbal language; this language provides immediate feedback to the individual’s actions. EAL is known for helping individuals gain confidence, awareness, observation skills, focus, work ethic, self-esteem, self-confidence, and communication skills.


Group EAL sessions are now available at Woodloch on Wednesdays at 5pm, available to anyone!


2018 EAL Lesson Price:

  • Hourly Group Lessons (Package of 4 Consecutive Weeks) – $150.00
  • Hourly Group Lesson (Per Session) – $40.00
  • Private and semi-private lessons are available by request. Contact Michelle to schedule to bring in your own group!

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is made up of a team of a licensed psychotherapist, equine specialist, and horse(s) who work with the client. EFP is known for enhancing self-awareness in an individual’s thinking and behavior. Horses often help individuals work through challenges; they are honest, have a warm soft coat that facilitates healthy touch, they promote asking for and accepting help.  Horses often help others work through issues that individuals are afraid to bring up or are ‘stuck’ in other treatments. EFP utilizes several ground activities including, handling, grooming, lunging, etc.

Sessions are now being offered with a Mental Health Professional, Equine Specialist, and Woodloch lesson horse at Woodloch Stables. All participants are screened prior to any participation and must be approved to participate by Mental Health Professional.

All sessions will be scheduled around other barn lessons and events.


2018 EFP Session Price:

  • Hourly session (private) – $125.00
  • To receive the full benefits of EFP, we highly encourage participants to schedule multiple sessions.

*The Therapeutic Riding program is a separate program from our weekly Special Needs group lesson that is taught by Melissa Vanderbildt on Thursday evenings at 5pm (contact our lesson office to register for the group Special Needs lesson). All Therapeutic Riding sessions are scheduled directly through Michelle rather than the lesson office.

Visit Michelle’s website to learn more about how horses help empower others to be their best self.