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Imagine viewing the changing seasons from the back of a gently swaying, friendly horse. Located at Camp Cheerful's Riding Center in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville, the program offers five year-round sessions.

The Achievement Centers for Children’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Program helps children gain confidence, build strength, improve balance and form wonderful friendships.

Children and adults, ages 4 and older with and without special needs, enjoy the many benefits of the therapeutic horsemanship program tailored to their physical, mental and emotional strengths and capabilities. Lessons teach basic horseback riding and horse handling skills. Physical exercises and educational activities are woven into the riding lesson making it therapeutic for the riders.

Our Therapeutic Horsemanship Program serves individual groups and local schools in the Cleveland area, and recreational activities for campers during the summer months.

Camp Cheerful's Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is certified as a Premier Accredited Center Program by The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Camp Cheerful's Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is one of only twelve such accredited centers in Ohio that provides quality professional equine-assisted activities while meeting established industry standards. All of Camp Cheerful's Therapeutic Horsemanship instructors are certified and registered by PATH.

Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Children with Disabilities

  • Balance, posture, strength
  • Flexibility
  • Teamwork, cooperation
  • Self-confidence, self-esteem
  • Emotional control, self-discipline
  • Sense of normality
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Visual/spatial perception
  • Remedial math and reading skills
  • Advanced equestrian skills

2015 Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program Session Dates:

All sessions are 10 weeks
The cost is $310 per session.

Session 1 - January 5 - March 14 (no classes Mon. 1/19/15, Mon. 2/16/15)
Session 2 - March 16 - May 23
Session 3-  May 25 - August 1 (no classes Mon. 5/25/15, Sat. 5/30/15, Sat. 7/4/15)
Session 4  - August 3 - October 10 (no classes Mon. 9/7/15)
Session 5 -  October 12 - December 19  (no classes Thurs. & Fri. 11/26-11/27/15)
 

Register
 
Click here to register online for Therapeutic Riding sessions.
Already registered? Click here to manage your account online.
 

To learn more about how to prepare for lessons, visit our Therapeutic Horsemanship Rider page.

Volunteer

Our caring and dedicated volunteers, ages 14 and over, walk alongside riders during lessons, lead horses or help with barn-related tasks. Our volunteers, highly trained staff and gentle horses enable us to provide therapeutic horseback riding sessions and other horsemanship activities to children and adults with disabilities.

Have questions? Contact Ann Carl at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 440-238-6200 ext. 242.

Donate

The Achievement Centers' Camp Cheerful maintains an average of nine horses and accepts new donations on an as-needed basis. If you have a prospective donation, please call Cory Ramsey at 440-238-6200 ext. 225. If we feel your horse is a candidate, we will schedule a visit to your home or stable to evaluate your horse both medically and under saddle. We can also answer any questions you might have about our horse donation procedures. All of our horses undergo a standard 30-day trial period.

Horse donations are tax-deductible.

For more information about our Therapeutic Horsemanship program, please contact Cory Ramsey, Manager of Equine Programs at (440) 238-6200 ext 225 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .