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Horse Essentials

Horse Essentials is not a riding class, but instead a safe place for the participant to interact with a horse partner. Previous experience with horses is not necessary or required. This class is appropriate for all ages and is geared towards individuals with physical and/or cognitive challenges.  Courageous Connections has contracted with Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to provide this class for individuals who qualify.  

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Horse Essentials Overview

This class offers a unique opportunity for participants who may be:

  • Eligible to receive services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), OR

  • Have a physical and/or cognitive disability which originates before 18 years, is expected to continue indefinitely, and significantly impacts the individual, OR

  • Physical or cognitive disability at any age which results in substantial limitations to the individual

Below is a general guide of what participants may learn however, topics may vary dependent on individual goals and needs:

  • Horse Safety & Awareness

  • Basics of Grooming, Haltering & Leading

  • Herd Behavior & Dynamics

  • Engaging in following sequences, directions, and social norms


Horse Essentials is taught by a PATH Certified Instructor. Participants can expect to gain horse knowledge but will also experience additional positive impacts such as promoting body and behavioral awareness, building relationships with others and horses, and connecting with nature.

$40 - $80 per session varies by session length

Private classes are $50/30 mins and $100/60 mins
Scholarships Available


Courageous Connections is not structured to provide crisis interventions. If you are in crisis or considering suicide please contact 911 or the Suicide Hotline at 988 immediately.

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