New Heights Frequently Asked Questions
Therapeutic Riding is a tailored program of developing riding skills in order to improve gross motor, cognitive skills, and mental/emotional health.
Hippotherapy is a form of Occupational, Physical or Speech therapy that uses the natural movement of the horse as a therapeutic tool.
Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL) are similar interventions that utilize the human-animal bond, the equestrian environment, and development of riding skills to address cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and mental challenges. EFP is typically conducted with a Psychotherapist. EFL is conducted by a equestrian therapy instructor and may involve a behavioral specialist or therapist.
We try to create a consistent “team” for each rider with the same horse, instructor and volunteers. Riders arrive and the horses are usually brought out to the mounting area. However, some riders will work on grooming skills and learn to tack-up their own horse in the barn. Each ride is based on a lesson plan to build riding skills specifically tailored to each rider. We work on the walk, trot, canter, and halt using ground poles, barrels, cavaletti and other objects to create obstacles and challenges for the rider. Games help build cognitive and social skills and improve hand-eye coordination. Some riders will leave the arena and work in a round pen, a trail, or on our Sensory Trail when it is completed. Each ride is meant to progress the skills of the rider and to create opportunities for a balance of challenges and successes.
We offer mentoring at our facility and have a great track record at helping people pass their Certification Test.
Therapeutic Riding is often used to treat persons with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, post-traumatic brain injury, autism, ADHD, spinal cord injury, cognitive disorders, speech disorders, Down’s syndrome, muscular dystrophy, stroke and emotional/behavioral/ mental health issues.
The benefits of Therapeutic Riding vary between riders. Generally, most riders see improvement in gross motor functions including muscle strength/tone, coordination, balance, range of motion, and postural strength. We see improvements in sensorimotor integration, cognition, speech, and breath control. We also see improvements in behavior, attention, anger control, and mood. One benefit that is universal…smiles.
If you are interested in becoming a part of New Heights Therapy Center, choose which program you are interested in and you will find the new rider packet link at the bottom of each page.. Fill out these forms completely and mail or FAX them back to us. We will call or email you when we receive the forms. After we review the information, we will call you to set up an evaluation. Of course, we would love to have you come out to New Heights to observe a lesson. Please do not hesitate to contact us and schedule a time for a tour and to observe a class session. 
Our certification organization, PATH, requires riders to be at least 4 years old for Adaptive Therapy. Hippotherapy can start as early as age 2.
We teach classes Monday through Saturday. Call for more information about the schedule.
 Our pricing is based on a sliding-fee scale. Call New Heights at (985)796-4600 for more information.
Yes! We have many high school and homeschool student who earn service hours at New Heights. We consider applications for court-ordered service hours on an individual basis.
We would not exist without our incredible volunteers. If you would like to join them, please download and return the
Volunteer Application Form. Once your form has been received we will contact you to set-up an orientation session. This is required for ALL new volunteers who wish to work directly with our horses or riders. Also, please feel free to call us at 985-796-4600 with your questions about volunteering.
Yes! We can work with your church, business, school or scout group to identify a one-day or longer-term project. We often have small scale construction projects, gardening installations and maintenance, and other needs that are great for groups to take on. Just contact us and we can help set up an opportunity for your group to be a part of New Heights.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to assist with horses and work with students in class.  
If you think your horse might be a good addition to our "herd of heroes," please contact the stable at (985)796-4600.
To learn how you can support New Heights with your time, talent or money, please call 985-796-4600.




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When you donate to New Heights you are helping us positively impact lives through the healing power of the horse. Your donations help us provide services to children and adults with special needs at little or no cost to them. New Heights Therapy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax exempt to the full extent of the law. Thank you for your support!

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