Listed below are frequently asked questions (FAQ) and brief answers to many common questions about ECITRI and the programs it offers.
What is ECITRI?
ECITRI stands for East Central Indiana Therapeutic Riding Inc. This is the buisness name of our therapeutic riding program.
What is S.P.U.R.?
SPUR stands for Special People United in Riding. This is our every day working name of our program. This is how you will most often hear us referred to.
Who does ECITRI serve?
Horses are therapeutic for everyone. ECITRI offers services to a wide range of individuals.
Children with disabilities such as:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hearing Impairments
- Vision Impairments
- Down Syndrome
- Developmental Delays
Are there age limits for riders?
Yes, Children ages 2-18 with a weight limit of 160 are accepted.
When are lessons given?
Lessons are offered Wednesday evenings during Spring, Summer and Fall. You may contact us to inquire about the specific times and days that the program is offered.
What are the benefits of riding and working with horses?
While riding a horse, students are given the opportunity to feel freedom and power through movement. As the horse walks, the movement is transferred to the rider, providing a combination of sensory, motor, and neurological stimulation. This translates to stronger muscles, better balance and coordination, and improved gait. Just as important as the physical benefits, greater self-confidence and self-esteem can be achieved through the freedom of movement.
What qualifies this program to provide this service?
SPUR is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International), which inspects each program location and sets stringent safety and educational standards. All of SPUR’s instructors are PATH Intl. certified.
How often does a student ride?
Most students ride weekly during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Sessons are held weekly on Wednesday evenings.
What do students wear?
Students are required to wear long pants -riding pants are preferred – boots or shoes with a heel, and safety helmet (provided).
What forms are required for my child to ride?
Due to insurance and accreditation, ALL riders must have a complete set of ECITRI Rider paperwork filled out. Download rider paperwork.
What happens to lessons in inclement weather?
Every effort will be made to hold scheduled lessons. In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent to all current participants and the website will be updated to show lesson status. A final decision on weather will be made at least 2 hours prior to scheduled lesson time. Lessons will only be canceled in extreme weather cases when SPUR deems that it is not safe to hold a lesson on the farm.
What happens if my child is sick, or unable to make their lesson?
If you are unable to attend a scheduled lesson, please make every effort to notify us 24 hours in advance by calling us. Sufficient notice is needed so that we can communicate with staff and volunteers. Based on our flat rate fee, client cancellations are not refundable. We do not offer make-up lessons.