Adaptive Riding

Become a Rider

Download our rider information packet and application below to learn more about our in-take process, programs and assessment.


Approximately 70% of our riders are on scholarship. The pack includes all information including qualifying factors and application.



Therapeutic riding focuses on teaching students the skills of riding while also working towards holistic goals such as improved mood, self-discipline, improved self-esteem, patience, and improved focus. Therapeutic riding instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International to provide equine assisted activities and therapies to participants. Clients must be four years or older to participate in therapeutic riding.

How It Works

  • Strengthens muscles

  • Increases stamina

  • Improves posture and fine motor skills

  • Horse's movement facilitates the same pelvic and leg movement of the human walk

  • Increases memory, comprehension and concentration by challenging cognition and communication skills

  • Replaces therapy burnout with enthusiasm

  • Empowers riders and helps them build self-esteem

  • Encourages and promotes social interactions between fellow riders and instructors

It Works For

  • Developmental delays


  • Autism

  • Down syndrome

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • PTSD

  • Scoliosis

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Spina bifida

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Paralysis

  • Visual and hearing impaired

  • Severe depression and anxiety

Want to see Adaptive Riding in action?

Click the button on the right to see riders, therapists, and our horses in session.

New Heights Therapeutic Riding is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Folsom, Louisiana right outside of New Orleans. We help people who have physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties reach their full potential through equine therapy.

Get in Touch

Address: 82302 Holliday Road
Folsom, LA 70437


Phone Number: (985) 796-4600 


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