Therapeutic Riding Program

Therapeutic horseback riding helps clients with varying abilities to develop self-awareness, build self-confidence, self-esteem, and improve concentration. Through horseback riding activities, riders can strengthen or relax muscles, and improve posture, core strength and balance. These activities also help increase coordination and joint mobility.

Riders range from 4 to 70 years of age and come from schools, day activity centers, rehabilitation centers, group homes as well as individual homes. They may be working on educational goals, life skills, improving posture, balance, sensory processing, or learning recreational and social skills. A great variety of individualized goals adapt to the therapeutic riding setting where the atmosphere, interactions, and commitment to a quality experience provide a wonderful opportunity for growth.

North Country RIDE is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int.) Clients are able to participate in a variety of equine-assisted therapeutic activities, following individualized programs designed and taught by one of our PATH Int. registered certified instructors.

Welcome to the 2021 riding season!

Four sessions are offered: Please submit applications two weeks before the start of the desired session to ensure your desired class and time slot.

  • Spring: April 26 to May 28 – 5 weeks
  • Summer 1: June 7 to July 16 – 6 weeks
  • Summer 2: July 26 to September 3 – 6 weeks
  • Fall: September 13 to October 22 – 6 weeks

Participant applications and session payment should be sent to:

North Country RIDE, PO Box 312, Esko, MN 55733


Participant Forms can be viewed and downloaded from our Forms page.

All participants must complete both the application and physician’s statement; forms must be completed and returned to the office two weeks prior to the start of a session.


Scholarships are available for riders (based on need). A complete application must be submitted.

Lollipop Scholarship Application

Gift Certificates are available




  1. Polly Jazdzewski (REM)

    Is there any weight limit? I have a larger client looking at the therapeutic riding program.

    1. North Country Ride

      We do have a weight limit of 200lbs but if your client exceeds this, keep checking back. We may have some more options in the future.

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