The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society is dedicated to providing a unique combination of equine related therapy and recreation for children and adults with diverse abilities.
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 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.