Adaptive Horsemanship


What is Adaptive Horsemanship?

This is an unmounted program that teaches how to care for, communicate with and exercise the horse from the ground. This program is appropriate for those that are unable or unwilling to mount for reasons such as weight restrictions, severe fear of heights, inability to weight bear and transfer with assistance or sit without significant support.


Lesson Fees:

Private horsemanship lesson = $50

Semi-private horsemanship lesson = $40

Group of 3-4 horsemanship lesson = $35

*This is a adapted recreation activity and not a therapy therefore is not billable to extended health benefits*



We run our programs seasonal blocks; winter, spring, summer and fall. This allows us to slightly adjust our schedules, possibly group riders that are appropriate, and allow those on the waiting list an opportunity to start when spots open up.

Season length is dependent on the season which tends to be anywhere from 9 to 15 weeks long. We ask participants commit to a full season and if unable to do so, have an opportunity to be placed on a fill-in list for when regularly scheduled participants may be away.

Winter 2024 = Start Date: January 8  End Date: March 23  Total Duration: 11 weeks

Spring 2024 = Start Date: April 1  End Date: June22 Total Duration: 12 weeks

Summer 2024 = Start Date: July 2  End Date: August 30 Total Duration: 9 weeks

Fall 2024 = Start Date: September 9  End Date: December 21 Total Duration: 15 weeks


Lesson Length:

All lessons are scheduled in a 1 hour block.


How do I register for Horsemanship?

Due to limited capacity, we do prioritize applicants with a medical diagnosis or identified social-emotional need by a professional.

If you are brand new to Hope, please complete the following:

  1. Online Participant Application
  2. Online Professional Referral Form

Click here to bring you to the applications page.

If you are a past participant in any program, please contact our office to find our your next steps for registering.

Invoicing Policy

We run on a seasonal schedule and invoices are emailed at the beginning of each season. If you have conflicts with dates, we allow up to 2 lessons in a season to be removed from an invoice only PRIOR to a season starting. Any cancellations following will be just considered a missed lesson.

If you require assistance with funding, click here to view some possible community sponsorship options on our Applications & Forms page.

For more information, please call 519-986-1247 and ask for Robyn, or email


545747 Sideroad 4A, RR #2
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

(t) 519-986-1247


Located on Sideroad 4a between
7th Line and 9th Line.

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Benoit Dube - Executive Director

Kim Reain - Development Officer

Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist

Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator

Emma Houser - Program Administrator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)

Danielle Caswell - Equine Manager & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Competition Coach)

Gillian MacNeill - Instructor (CanTRA CTRII, PATH Int. CTRI)

Shannon Speer - Recreational Therapist & Equine Assisted Personal Development Coach

Gretel Stanish - Instructor (Path Int. CTRI, EAPDC)

Alexis Murray - Instructor (EC Instructor of Beginners in Training)

Laikyn West - Property Manager