We offer group and private lessons seven days a week for riders with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Group lessons have a maximum of four riders and are led by two instructors. Group lessons are 30 minutes long and cost $42.00 per lesson. We offer four sessions of lessons per year: three 12-week sessions and one 10-week session, with 1-2 week breaks between each session. For additional information, please refer to the Rider Contract in the Registration and Medical Forms or contact us.
On Monday evenings, Pegasus provides a specialized program for children with autism spectrum disorders. The program focuses on activities designed to improve communications skills and social interaction, sensory integration, and behavior modification. The Level I & II classes work on skills that prepare them to learn to ride, while the Level III class is for more advanced riders whose skills have progressed to the point where they are riding “under saddle.” Each 30-minute session has four riders and costs $42. Riders must first take part in weekly lessons before they can become eligible to join the autism program. To download the Autism Program brochure, please click here.
Equine Facilitated Learning
Equine Facilitated Learning or Equine Assisted Learning is a hands-on unmounted educational program designed to promote the development of social and life skills in a fun and supportive learning environment. Program participants will be engaging in various activities throughout the Pegasus grounds while using the horse as a bio-feedback mechanism. Pegasus offers school and other groups the opportunity to create a specialized curriculum of activities combining equine interaction with individual goals and needs. Registration forms are required for all program participants. The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf was featured in one of our pilot programs. See an example of this program in the video Leading the Way. If you would like to speak with a staff member about the benefits of Equine Facilitated Learning for your rider or group, please contact us at 215-742-1500 or send us a message.
Stepping Forward – A Program for First Responders
Thanks to the Philadelphia FireFighters Local #22, children of our first responder community will be able to participate in a program called “Stepping Forward”. This unique Equine Facilitated Learning hands-on unmounted educational program designed to learn stress coping mechanisms in a fun and supportive learning environment. Stepping Forward program participants will be engaging in various activities throughout the Pegasus grounds while using the horse as a bio-feedback mechanism specifically designed to help reduce stress levels that a first responder family might experience while enjoying the benefits of being around our Pegasus therapy horses. Registration forms are required for all program participants. If you are a Local #22 member and would like to speak with a staff member about the benefits of Equine Facilitated Learning for your children or family, please contact Teresa@pegasusphilly.org for more information about this ground-breaking program.
During a six-week period in July and August, we offer a summer program providing additional lessons on Mondays through Thursdays. Participants have a 30-minute group lesson once a week during the morning hours. This program allows prospective riders to try out therapeutic riding for a limited time without being on the waiting list. Current riders also use this time for extra lessons to hone their skills. Past participants in our summer program include groups from Moss Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia School for the Blind, Easter Seals, Inglis House, PA School for the Deaf, and The Woods School. If you are interested in participating in our summer program, please view our informational flyer here and for new participants to our program, download registration forms here and contact us after April 1st.
We award scholarships for therapeutic riding to clients based on financial need. Riders eligible for scholarships include disabled individuals from low- or fixed-income families, single-parent families, or families with more than one disabled family member. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Click here to read the scholarship guidelines. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please click here to download the application form.
Our Senior Saddles program is for able-bodied men and women age 55 and over. The half-hour lessons focus on stretching, strengthening, posture, equitation and horsemanship. Lessons are structured for multiple levels of instruction from the beginner and intermediate riders to more advanced riders. Lessons are offered year round. 1-hour group lessons are $60 and a 30 minute private lesson is $50. Please call the office for information on Spring 2019 lessons. You can reserve a space in the class with a deposit of $100. For more information, please see the most recent program flyer and attached registration forms