The Program


Our goal at Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians is to provide a safe and effective experience for our participants, volunteers, horses, and staff. With this in mind, we ask your cooperation in adhering to the following requirements.

  1. Complete and turn in all required paperwork and payment no later than one month prior to the beginning of the riding session.
  2. Instructors and staff will review all student applications and select all participants for the program based on class availability.
  3. Once a student is accepted, on-going evaluations will determine if riding therapy continues to be beneficial to the rider and our horses, volunteers, and staff are able to safely and effectively accommodate the student.
  4. Properly fitted, ASTM/SEI approved helmets for horseback riding must be worn at all times when riding or working directly with horses.
  5. Participants must be dressed in appropriate riding attire.
  6. MANE reserves the right to cancel classes as outlined in our Cancellation Policy. If you are unable to come to a lesson, please call MANE as soon as possible. Advance notice is very important to ensure proper care of the horses and proper use of our volunteers.
  7. Riders must be over the age of four.
  8. All riders must participate in an assessment before class scheduling can be done.
  9. Class availability is based on class type, rider ability, size of the class, horse availability and volunteer availability.
  10. Riders must have no contraindications for therapeutic riding and must have doctor approval.

For further guidelines, please refer to the participant’s handbook in the Applications section below.


MANE has three ten-week session which include the Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions. Each class slot is about forty-five minutes and can include grooming and tacking and other ground components as well as time in the saddle. Depending on the student’s ability, volunteer leaders and sidewalkers are assigned to each class. These volunteers help riders maintain balance, keep riders focused on tasks, and assisted with grooming and tacking. Riders are group with other riders with similar abilities. Classes are limited by horse, volunteer, and class type availability. The cost of a ten-week session is $300.

During the month of July, MANE offers a unified Summer Camp for riders of all ability ranges. Camp runs two-and-a-half hours a day for five days. Students can sign up for one of four weeks or multiple weeks. Camp consists of ride time, a craft period, a horsemanship class, as well as a snack break. A week of Summer Camp is $250.


Rider Application

Rider Scholarship Application

Rider Handbook 3-2015 (1)