Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

Staff and volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions. A new rider is generality assisted by two sidewalkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a horse leader and an instructor. SASTEC is working on becoming a PATH accredited center.

Individual and group lessons are available. Group Therapeutic Riding lessons last approximately 1 hour and are $40 a lesson. Private lessons last for 30 minutes and are $50 a lesson. Lessons are billed in “sessions” (between 4 and 7 weeks) and payment is due no later than the first lesson of each session. Call 989-464-6907 or email sunriseanimalsanctuary@gmail.com to schedule or find out more information!

Veteran services are in development as we feel strongly about giving back to this population in our community! Stay tuned! 

Meet the Instructor:

Jessica Beatty is an in training PATH therapeutic riding instructor. Jess attended the PATH training at Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center and is finishing her certification. Jess is a graduate of MSU Medical School. She currently owns and operates Bella Rose Skin Care & Wellness Center, Bella Rose Yoga & Fitness Studio, and The Refill Shoppe at Bella Rose. She also works at Freedom Recovery Center doing medication assisted addiction therapy. Jess has loved horses from a young age and is always growing and learning. Jess’ passion is to provide space for healing in both animals and people.