We offer group and private lessons six days a week for participants with disabilities, diagnosis’s, and at risk populations. Group lessons have a maximum of four riders and are led by two instructors. Our program runs year, offering four sessions of lessons per year. For additional information, please refer to the Rider Agreement in the Registration and Medical Forms or contact us.
PEACE Autism Program
On Monday evenings, the Pegasus Equine Autism Challenge and Enrichment (PEACE) program provides a specialized program for children with autism spectrum disorders. The program focuses on activities designed to improve communication skills and social interaction, sensory integration, and behavior modification. The Level I & II classes work on learning riding and horsemanship skills while the Level III hosts advanced riders whose skills have progressed to the point where they are riding independently and competing in horse shows.
Back in the Tack (BITT) Riding Program for Adults
Back in the Tack is a riding program for able-bodied men and women over the age of 18 that are interested in learning how to ride or have previous riding experience. BITT takes place on Tuesday mornings and encompasses basic horsemanship skills and equitation. Lessons are structured for multiple levels of instruction from beginner and intermediate riders to more advanced riders. NO PREVIOUS RIDING EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED for this class! Lessons are offered year round. 1-hour group lessons, and a 30-minute private lessons are available. Please call the office for information on lessons.
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 at Pegasus while partnering with our amazing therapy horses. This program is specifically designed to help reduce stress levels that a first responder family might experience in daily life while enjoying the benefits of being around our Pegasus therapy horses. 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.
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 partnering with a Pegasus therapy 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. 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 Teresa at 215-742-1500 or send us a message.
4-H 4 All
4-H 4 All our inclusive Pegasus TRA 4-H program meets at Pegasus one Saturday a month from 3 – 4:30pm. Please check our calendar for the next meeting. This wonderful program is community-based and welcomes children interested in learning more about horses, making new friends, learning leadership development and volunteering in our community. 4-H is open to all our Pegasus school-age program participants as well as children in the Philadelphia and surrounding communities. This “horse-less” horse 4-H program is an unmounted program and participants will be learning about the different horse breeds, characteristics and all about horses. Meetings are held in the Pegasus office and learning based sessions are held in the barn with our 4-H’ers learning from the best therapy horses in Philadelphia county! For more information about this inclusive program, contact Ryan@PegasusPhilly.org
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 download our summer program brochure.
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.