Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding lessons are equestrian skill based lessons for people with disabilities. The focus of the lessons is skill development and progression while improving the rider’s physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social skills.


Classes are taught by a PATH International Certified Instructor or CHA Certified Instructor and assisted by volunteer aides. Often riders participate in pre-mounted and post –mounted horse care. Riders that have physical, intellectual, cognitive, developmental, and/or learning differences all can benefit from therapeutic riding.

Clients must be at least 4 years old to participate in adaptive riding lessons.  The focus of these lessons works toward providing an improved mood and focus, patience, self-discipline and confidence through the experience of therapeutic riding.  Our instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and the Certified Horsemanship Association to provide these lessons to clients through our equine-assisted activities and therapies. 

Rider Form

For details on our programs and how to become a rider, please click on the button below.

Physician Referral


For a copy of the physician referral forms only, please click on the button below.

About Adaptive Riding

Adaptive riding has been shown to be very beneficial for those with the following, to name just a few:

  • Autism


  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Developmental Delays

  • Down Syndrome

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Nonverbal clients

  • Paralysis

  • PTSD

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual and Hearing Impaired

Benefits of Adaptive Riding

  • Improved posture and fine motor skills

  • Promotes better self-esteem

  • Increases concentration and memory

  • Builds communication skills

  • Encourages social interaction between other riders and instructors

  • Strengthens muscles

  • Movement of the horse promotes flexibility of pelvic and leg movements

  • Gives clients a relaxed environment to learn coping skills

  • Outside activities improve brain function

Bright Star Ranch is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2018 and located in Monroe, Louisiana. We are devoted to changing lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

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Bright Star Ranch

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Address: 1416 Rowland Road
Monroe, Louisiana

Phone Number: (318) 282-9908


Fax: (866) 914-1880


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