We understand that you may have a lot of questions as you explore the possibilities of getting involved with Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies at CTRC. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get.
Q: How does one become a rider in CTRC’s Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies services?
Our Rider-In-Take steps by which new participants are brought into our services are outlined below. Please note that a rider must be at least 2 ½ years old to participate in hippotherapy and at least 4 years old to participate in any of our other equine assisted activities services. There is no maximum age. While no clinical diagnosis is necessary to participate, it is required that participants have a need for our specialized, therapeutic environment.
The New Participant Packet (Spanish version) contains an Application, Consent & Release Form and Medical History Form (which needs to be thoroughly filled out, signed by an MD, DO, NP or PA and dated to be valid).
This can be done in one of the following ways…
• Fax to 303-532-0164
• Email to Head Instructor
• Mail to CTRC (11968 Mineral Rd, Longmont, CO 80504)
Once CTRC has received your completed application, we will contact you to schedule an evaluation. An evaluation helps us ensure that we can safely accommodate you in our program, recommend the proper class, develop therapeutic goals and create good rider/volunteer/horse teams. Not everyone can be accepted into the program due to safety or physical / medical contraindications.
Upon completion of an evaluation and determination by CTRC that we are able to safely accommodate the participant, the participant is able to register for services. A participant’s individual needs and abilities determine which service is best suited for registration.
Q. What’s the difference between Therapeutic Riding and other equine assisted services and Hippotherapy?
While both activities engage a horse’s dynamic movement to stimulate physical, mental, and emotional growth, each is unique.
Therapeutic Riding and other equine assisted services at CTRC are taught by a PATH Intl Certified Instructor, conducted in a group or private setting, and are structured around teaching the riders life skills 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 (SLP), physical therapist PT), or occupational therapist (OT), 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.
Q. What does it cost to participate in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies at CTRC?
CTRC operates on a session-to-session basis generally offering four sessions of services 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. Therefore, the cost of participation in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies varies from session-to-session but can be broken down into a flat rate of $40/week for length of session for Therapeutic Riding services and $35/week for Hippotherapy clients. Additionally, Hippotherapy clients are responsible for paying a fee ($55), on top of CTRC’s fee, directly to the therapist conducting services.
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 participate in services.
Fee: Therapeutic Riding or other equine assisted activities services evaluations are no charge. Hippotherapy evaluations, which require a therapist present, are assessed a $75.00 therapist fee.
Time: 45 minutes
Therapeutic Riding & other equine assisted activities services
Lead 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, based on age and ability
Time: 1 hour
Semi-Private, consisting of two participants, based on age and ability
Time: 45 minutes
Private, individual instruction, as determined by staff
Time: 30 minutes
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 (Includes $55 weekly Therapist fee + $35 CTRC center fee)
Time: 30-45 minutes
Q: Will insurance cover CTRC’s 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 or other equine assisted services. 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 upon request.
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.