Therapeutic Riding Programs - # lessons for horses/hours of work
For those of you involved in therapeutic riding programs, how do you balance keeping horses happy and enjoying their work?
How many lessons do your horses do per week? How many hours are they expected to work and do they get days 100% off?
How long are the lessons?
Do you use "hack" times as mental health breaks for horses?
Do you have planned 'vacation' periods for horse (no riding or only hack riding?
To help get a gauge of the size of your program, how many riders are you servicing with how many dedicated therapeutic riding horses?
What are your horses expected to do during a lesson? (i.e. just W/T or W/T/C?)
I'm trying to suss out the consensus (if there is such a thing!) on what an acceptable level of work would be for a therapeutic riding horse. Would love to hear your experiences and wisdom in balancing out rider expectations/goals and horsey needs.
If there are any written guidelines, suggestions or programs outside of your personal experiences please post and I will take a look at them.