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 a weight limit of 185 lbs, and 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.  Read our Riders Handbook for more information on lesson format and expectations.

What does it cost?»

An 8-week session of group lessons costs $330 and a session of private lessons costs $510. 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.  DD Waiver has 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 the Rider’s Medical History and Physician Statement.

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

Refer to our News List for the current Covid-19 Guidelines and Protocol.