Nova is proud to offer experiences with horses to individuals with disabilities. Working with animals has long been known to have far-reaching benefits whether it be for physical/mental health or social-emotional well-being. While some people may initially be afraid of working with horses due to their size, we have found that there is no better animal to teach compassion, courage, patience, understanding, confidence, and leadership skills.
Adaptive Riding Lessons are customized to the need of each individual rider. Riding is a great way for individuals to improve gross and fine motor skills, balance, posture, coordination and communication. Lessons are taught by experienced instructors and are currently available in a private setting. Lessons can be scheduled by calling our office at 708-479-3696.
"Growing up with a disability like Cerebral Palsy can be hard some days. I look forward to when I can ride. I feel free and there are no worries when I ride. It's just me and the horse. I used to ride horses when I was smaller for therapy and always wanted to take on riding again. At a time when I was looking to fulfill one of my goals in life, Nova found me. Nova not only continues to help me achieve my dreams, but I am mentally and physically improving myself. I balance myself better, sit up straighter and carry myself with more confidence when I walk. I am so appreciative of Lorri, Sam and Tiffany because they always believe in me even on my tough days. Nova is so supportive of all their riders."
Mark started taking weekly private Adaptive Riding lessons in January 2018. Mark has learned how to groom and prepare a horse for his lesson. Mark is able to walk the horse to and from the arena independently and mount/dismount with assistance. He has graduated from riding on a lunge line to riding independently. Mark knows how to tell his horse to walk, trot, stop and reverse. He continues to impress his instructor with following direction and getting the correct results. Mark loves riding so much, he now takes private lessons twice a week! He's even participated in two of our student horse shows!
Nineteen years ago, John was involved in a car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Shortly after, John was diagnosed with Lupus and four years later with Multiple Sclerosis. John’s love for horses led him to finding Nova. He began taking riding lessons as well as lessons in Halter and Showmanship. John contacted the AQHA and received special permission to begin competing in Showmanship classes with his service dogs Buggs. John and Buggs competed at the Cap Gun Circuit in 2019 -the first time a service dog has competed alongside an exhibitor and horse at an AQHA show! John is very thankful for Nova’s Adaptive Riding Program saying it makes him feel like an equal again.