About Our Programs
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Lessons-
Lessons are taught by nationally certified therapeutic riding instructors, teaching adaptive riding skills for recreational, educational, and therapeutic purposes. Each student is given specific goals and tasks by the instructor in addition to the overall goal-to become as independent as possible.
Group Lessons: Typically no more than 4 riders in a class. This allows direct supervision and interaction with our instructors and volunteers and also allows our riders a social aspect that is necessary in any extracurricular activity
Private Lessons: There are 2 main reasons a student would need a private lesson: 1) The student is far more advanced than is able to accommodate and challenge in a group or 2) The student needs one-on-one attention from the instructor and special lesson planning due to specific needs. Approval from our Executive Director is necessary for private lessons.
Therapeutic Horsemanship Lessons-
Lessons are conducted by our trained staff. These classes are offered to individuals who can not safely sit astride a horse, who exceed our 180-pound weight limit, or who are searching for more ways to spend time learning about horses. Individuals will learn basic ground-based horse care such a grooming, bathing, feeding, etc. and enjoy a wonderful human to animal bonding experience in a safe and therapeutic environment.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy-
Banbury Cross has partnered with Lapeer County Mental Health and continues to do work to help riders who struggle with disorders such as PTSD related to veterans or sex-trafficking, anxiety and depression. Horses offer a truly unique experience in that they can empathize with what you are feeling. If you think that unmounted EAP would help you, please contact our program for specific goals and scheduling. These sessions are always private.
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