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NOTRA offers two riding sessions per year … notra_kelly parry (34)








FALL 2017 (September 18th – November 2nd) *THE FALL SESSION IS NOW FULL AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! Please email to be put on the wait list

SPRING 2018 (April 16th – June 7th) – registration will open March 1st

Who Can Ride? Our NOTRA riders range in age from 4 to 80 and come to us from Vernon, Armstrong, Kelowna, Lake Country, Lumby, Enderby, Salmon Arm and Sorrento.

Some of the disabilities that benefit from therapeutic horseback riding:

  • amputees
  • autism
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • cancer
  • cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • visual impairments
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • hearing impairments
  • learning disabilities
  • multiple sclerosis
  • global developmental delays
  • muscular dystrophy
  • OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • post polio syndrome
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • spina bifida
  • SCI (spinal cord injuries)

*In order to ensure their safety, all new clients with physical disabilities will need to have a physician’s referral completed – Download HERE

 For those riders with disabilities that do not include physical limitations, we ask for a referral letter from their care provider.  This allows our instructors to be informed as to the client’s needs / things to avoid, etc. and be able to structure the lessons to best suit the client.

New Rider Informational Package – Download HERE

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding …

Activities involving the horse can be used to assist people with disabilities in achieving physical and mental health, and cognitive, behavioural, social and communication goals.

 Psychological Benefits:

  •  General sense of well being
  •  Improved self-confidence
  •  Increased interest in the outside world
  •  Improved risk-taking abilities
  •  Development of patience
  •  Emotional control and self-discipline

 Social Benefits:

  • Interaction and the development of friendships with the volunteers and other riders
  • Development of respect and love for animals
  •  Increased experiences

Physical Benefits:

  •  Improved balance
  •  Strengthened muscles
  •  Improved coordination, faster reflexes and better motor planning
  •  Decreased spasticity
  •  Increased range of motion of the joints
  •  Improved respiration and circulation
  •  Sensory integration

Educational Benefits:

  •  Sequencing, patterning and motor planning
  •  Differentiation between objects
  •  Improved eye-hand coordination and visual spatial perception

How much does it Cost?

The actual cost to NOTRA is $65 per lesson, which some of our riders pay if they are able to.  For the majority of our clientele this is cost prohibitive, so NOTRA’s Board of Directors work hard at fundraising in order to subsidize the cost.  NOTRA’s subsidized lesson rate is $18.00 per hour which includes the client’s annual NOTRA membership and O’Keefe Ranch membership.

*NOTRA’s fundraisers subsidize more than two thirds of the cost to our riders which is why active participation in our fundraising efforts benefit you, the rider, by keeping the cost to a minimum.