In order to provide the best therapeutic benefit and the safest environment to our clients, SIRE has established some minimal guidelines for acceptance into the SIRE program. First, it is preferred that clients be at least 3 years of age. There is no upper age limit.
SIRE offers five 7- to 8-week semesters in the Spring and Fall. A calendar of scheduled classes for the current semester is available.
Tuition for Developmental or Riding Skills classes is $45. Example: 8 week session of Developmental or Riding Skills classes will be (8 x $45) $360. Tuition may be paid in full or in two monthly installments. Reduced tuition is available through the completion of an application which can be requested when you are notified of a ride time. Contact the SIRE office by telephone, fax or email to obtain an enrollment packet, or click to download it: English | Spanish. Then print a copy and mail or fax the completed forms, with signatures, to SIRE. The client’s physician will need to complete the Medical History and sign the Physician Release.
Once the registration forms are received, you will be contacted to set up an appointment for your evaluation. Please review the list of contraindications in the packet. If the client has one or more of these conditions, therapeutic riding may not be recommended. Please call if you have any questions concerning these contraindications.
Finally, upon completion of the evaluation, the client will be assigned a riding time or placed on a waiting list. The more flexible clients and families can be about ride times or locations, the more likely it is we can place you right away, even mid-semester. Another limit on our ability to offer ride times is availability of volunteers. Please let friends and family know of your interest and SIRE’s willingness to train potential volunteers.
If it becomes necessary to place a client on a waiting list, you will be contacted when a riding time becomes available. There will be a $50.00 enrollment fee which is due once the client is placed in a class.