For centuries horses have assisted humans by being workers, transporters, companions, teachers and therapists.
The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society began in 1986, servicing just 3 children. Today it has grown to one of the largest therapeutic riding centers in BC, with up to 100 clients and 150 volunteers each week!
Our riders have a number of various disabilities or challenges and our program is designed to enhance physical and cognitive abilities as well as quality of life for each participant.
Our therapy horses have a special affinity for people and a gentle, responsive disposition. They undergo a comprehensive training program that includes ground training, ridden training and orientation to all the equipment used in the program. i.e., mounting block, barrels, cones, toys, etc. Horses are creatures of habit and learn by repetition, therefore it is necessary that they are all trained and handled with consistency.
Our Instructors are all certified through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, a national organization, and maintain regular updating, including First Aid.
Our Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and fulfill a number of tasks. The largest number of volunteers are horse handlers and side walkers, and they work directly with our horses and riders in the arena and on the trails. Volunteers are incredibly valuable to the safety and success of our riders. Each volunteer undergoes an orientation and ongoing training sessions to become familiar and skilled in working within a team environment. Some volunteers go on to become instructors; others may fulfill duties within the barn such as grooming and tacking up/un-tacking. Volunteers also help with a variety of fundraising, administrative and maintenance chores. There is a job for everyone and, while we all take away a sense of achievement and pride, volunteers give much more than they take away.
Proud to be the recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for programs in 2016/2017