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Rider FAQ's

Questions about programs at CTRC? We have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Can't find the answer you are looking for? Contact us at 303-652-9131 for more information.

Q: How does one become a rider in CTRC's Therapeutic Riding or Hippotherapy program?

The following procedure is used to bring new participants into our programs:

  • A Participation Packet is either faxed, mailed, emailed or downloaded from our website. The packet includes an application, a consent & release form, a medical form and information about our program.

  • Once the Participation Packet is completed and returned to us, we will call you to schedule an evaluation.

  • Upon completion of an evaluation and once CTRC determines our ability to safely accommodate the participant, the participant is able to register for upcoming sessions.  

Q. What does it cost to participate?

CTRC operates on a semester by semester basis. We offer four semesters of Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy a year. Sessions can vary in length from 5 to 14 weeks, depending on the time of year. We offer classes Monday – Saturday with varying times.

New Participant Evaluation
The initial evaluation consists of an office visit and sometimes a brief mounted exercise. We will work together to determine which program is most appropriate, ensure that there are no contraindications to participation and discuss goals All intake forms including CTRC’s medical form and an evaluation are required before a participant is able to participant in semesters.
Fee: Therapeutic Riding evaluations are no charge. Hippotherapy evaluations, which require a therapist present, are assessed a $75.00 therapist fee.
Time: 45 minutes

Therapeutic Riding
Uses equine-assisted activities taught by a certified instructor for the purpose of contributing positively to an individual's cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Groups, usually consisting of 3 to 5 riders, are based on age and ability
Fee: $35/week
Time: 1 hour

Semi-Private Therapeutic Riding Lessons
Two participants; offered weekdays before 3:30 only.
Fee: $40/week
Time: 30 minutes
*Very rarely, 30-minute privates are offered at $40/week.

Hippotherapy /Therapist Assisted Services
A treatment strategy conducted by licensed and certified therapists that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes.
Fee: $90/week* 
Time: 30-45 minutes
*Includes $55 weekly Therapist fee + $35 CTRC center fee

Q: Will insurance cover Therapeutic Riding fees? What about Hippotherapy fees?

A great place to start is by talking directly with your healthcare provider as to whether or not your insurance offers reimbursement. Generally, insurance will not cover the fee for therapeutic riding. Hippotherapy may be reimbursed as a percentage since treatment codes used for hippotherapy are PT,OT or SLP. Flexible Spending Accounts, often offered through employers, typically will pay for therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.

**Please note that CTRC will not bill to insurance companies directly, however, any paperwork you need to file a claim will be provided to you.

Riders who receive services through a Community Center Board (CCB) such as IMAGINE!, Envision, or North Metro Community Services (to name a few) should contact their case manager directly as to whether or not therapeutic riding or hippotherapy may be covered.

Q. What’s the difference between Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy?

While both activities engage a horse’s dynamic movement to stimulate physical, mental, and emotional growth, each is unique.

Therapeutic Riding at CTRC is taught by a PATH Intl Certified Instructor, conducted in a group or private setting, and is structured around teaching the riders to control their horse through activities that encourage the development of cognitive, physical and social skills. Group classes are organized according to age, type of disability and level of riding skill.

Hippotherapy is instructed by a licensed speech and language therapist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist, who is registered with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and is also a PATH Intl Certified Instructor. Each rider works one-on-one with the therapist allowing for intensive therapy directed specifically at the rider’s individual needs and goals.

Q. If I want to visit CTRC do I need to make an appointment?

YES! We do prefer that a site-visit is scheduled. Scheduling a site-visit allows us to arrange one of our staff members to be available to escort you safely around the property and answer all of your questions. We do require all visitors to check in at the main office so if you are stopping by please check in with us.

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