About Our Riding Programs
Apply to Become a Rider
1. Submit an Application
Rider or Parent/Caregiver downloads, prints and completes the relevant Rider Program application:
Mail completed and signed applications to:
Sierra Pediatric Therapy Clinic
720 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 110-D
Roseville, CA 95661
Please call us with any questions at (916) 791-2747.
2. Receive an Evaluation (Get Approved)
Each new Rider is evaluated at the Sierra Pediatric Clinic to determine eligibility. Once all the application paperwork has been completed and returned to us, we will schedule a 30 minute evaluation with a licensed physical therapist at Sierra Pediatric Therapy Clinic.
Evaluations cost $50.00 and are paid in advance when you schedule the appointment.
3. Establish a Riding Time
After the evaluation is completed and the Rider is accepted into the program, a riding time is established with the office manager.
Riding times are subject to change based on weather, but the days remain consistent.
Thursdays – 9:30 am – 11:30 am or 12:00 depending on the number of riders present that day. These hours are subject to change in the fall season.
Saturday – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm or 1:00 depending on the number of Riders that day.
Each riding session is 30 minutes and includes mounting and dismounting time. This varies depending on the Riders abilities and need for assistance to safely mount.
Program runs year round with interruptions due to severe weather, i.e., heat over 98 degrees in the arena, heavy rains, lightning and/or thunder. If we must cancel due to weather requiring the riding sessions to be cancelled, refunds are not given.
Program begins in the arena where the Rider is mounted from a loading platform that is ramped to facilitate wheelchairs and other mobility aids as needed.
Depending on the needs of the Riders, the weather, and volunteers the entire program session may be done in the riding arena. If possible, we take the Riders out on ranch trail rides to enjoy lots of wildlife and the our 6 acre lake.
Activities During Riding
All Riders begin with warm up exercises. These exercises vary depending on the needs of the Rider. Each Rider has an individual routine that a physical therapist designs for them based on their abilities and needs. When possible, we use rings that can be placed on various objects, basketball, clown toss, alphabet and pictures that are around the arena that are used in many different ways. While all the fun is occurring, we continue to work on increased postural tone, maintaining postural alignment and begin working on specific riding skills.