The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program


What is therapeutic riding?

Therapeutic Riding is a unique and holistic approach to therapy, rehabilitation and recreation. The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program provides a safe environment introducing children and adults to the benefits and joys of the healing powers of the horse. The team consists of Instructors who are certified through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, a consulting Physiotherapist who is trained in hippotherapy, enthusiastic volunteers who offer their expertise and caring and of course our wonderful horses!


What's New?


Our 2014 Season Starts

Another season of Therapeutic Riding is upon us.  In fact, 2014 marks our 28th year of offering therapeutic riding lessons in and around Lanark County!  We would like to offer a great big thank you to all of you who participate and continue to support the program year after year! To kick start our spring session, we will be holding our annual Volunteer Training Days.


Training For New Volunteers

If you have never helped out at our therapeutic riding program before, join us to learn about what is expected of volunteers in our program. We will cover grooming, leading and side walking, safety rules and general info. No horse experience is necessary. For further information contact Amy Booth, or just come on out and try it! The session for new volunteers takes place at Cedar Rock Farm on Wednesday, April 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00  p.m.  For directions to the farm, click here.


Training For Returning Volunteers

This Training Day is a good refresher for everyone on the many tasks a volunteer can do to help our riders, safety around the farm and horses, understanding some of the disabilities and much, much more. It is also a great time to bring us your volunteer forms, available here on the web site (click here).  Please note: if you have already submitted these forms for 2014 then you do NOT have to re-submit them. This Training Day is also a fantastic opportunity to get familiar with our staff, our other volunteers and our horses.

The Return Volunteer Training Days are:


Willaway Farm, on Thursday April 24th at 5:00 p.m.


Cedar Rock Farm, on Friday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m.



The Volunteers' Guide to Therapeutic Riding:  This short course provides Lanark Therapeutic Riding Program volunteers with content that supports the Volunteer Handbook. Review exercises provide volunteers with opportunities to practice what they learn.



Words of Thanks


Many thanks for the support from:

  • Clarida Construction

  • Karson's Kartage

  • The Town of Carleton Place

  • The Town of Mississippi Mills

  • The Ministry of Tourism and Recreation

  • The Hub

  • The Kiwanis Club of Perth