Program FAQs

Following are common questions we get about our Horsemanship programs. If you have questions not answered here, please contact us or call 505-926-1426.

Why therapeutic horsemanship?»

The horse/human relationship offers a unique opportunity for self-confidence and development. Not only does learning how to care for and ride horses encourage growth and independence, the horse itself becomes the therapist as it quietly reflects our emotions back to us.

Who can take lessons at Cloud Dancers?»

Cloud Dancers serves a broad range of participants, both children and adults, with special needs. Riders must be at least 5 yrs old with no contraindications for equine activities. Please call or email to determine individual eligibility.

What are lessons like?»

Lessons at Cloud Dancers run in sessions of 4 to 8 consecutive weeks. Each weekly lesson is 30 to 60 minutes long, typically with some mounted and unmounted activities. 

What does it cost?»

An 8-week session of group lessons costs $310 and a session of private lessons costs $480. There is also a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of $25. See more detailed information.

Is therapeutic horsemanship covered by insurance?»

No, medical insurance does not cover therapeutic horsemanship because it is not being done under the guidance of a medical professional.

Are there other funding options?»

Yes, the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation offers scholarships to its patients and some state programs with self-directed budgets (ie, Mi Via or Centennial Care) have approved therapeutic riding in their client budgets—contact your care coordinator for more information. To learn more about scholarships from Cloud Dancers,  see more detailed information or call/email for more info. 

How do we register for the program?»

Call 505-926-1426 or email our Program Coordinator; complete our Rider Application; contact your doctor to complete and sign Physicians Statement and Release.

What steps are being taken to address the COVID situation?»

Our new Cleaning & Disinfecting protocols and COVID Prevention Guidelines will be reviewed with you.  Generally speaking, we require masks, social distancing and limited personal contact with riders, volunteers and instructors.