Riding Lessons


Private Lessons – Ages 6 and up

Therapeutic Riding – Ages 4 and up

Camp and Riding Program Schedule


“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom” 

– Helen Thompson

At Camp Red Cedar, the “freedom to ride a horse” is available to individuals of all abilities.  So saddle up and prepare to ride!

Whether you’re an experienced rider looking to sharpen your skills or have never been within 10 feet of a horse, our year-around horseback riding and therapeutic riding programs offer something for everyone.  All you need is a love of horses, the desire to learn or improve your equestrian skills and a good attitude.

Camp Red Cedar is the only PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premier Accredited Center in Northeastern Indiana, and is a member of the Certified Horsemanship Association.

General Information

  1. Classes are once a week, for an 30 minutes-1 hour at a time, depending on the program. Students are signed up by parents or guardian for each 12-week session.
  2. Riders must be at least 4 years old for Therapeutic Horseback  Riding and Recreational Therapy, and must be at least 6 years old to participate in traditional lessons.
  3. Camp Red  Cedar has a weight limit of 200 pounds.
  4. Riders will need to participate in a phone assessment to ensure that they are a good candidate for therapeutic riding and meet the riding requirements of PATH Intl.
  5. A PATH Certified Instructor will oversee the riding program. Our qualified instructors have gone through substantial training and are held to the highest standards.


  1. Long pants are preferred; shorts or skirts are not recommended for the comfort of the rider.
  2. Closed toed shoes are a must; boots with a heel are preferred. Sandals, flip-flops, clogs, or crocs are not allowed in our barn area.
  3. Dress for the weather, layering is always a good idea.

 Program Requirements

  • Paperwork Packet (available online)
    • After registering you will be able to complete the needed paperwork online and download the physician form to be complete by a physician.
    • The riding coordinator will schedule times when an opening is available.  Amount of time spent on the waiting list can vary depending on program/placement availability. 
  • Camp Red Cedar “Waiting List” Policy
    • An online registration must be submitted to be placed on the waiting list
    • All applications will be held for a maximum period of one calendar year.
    • New applications can be submitted on an annual basis
  • Payment Policy for all Riding Sessions
    • Changes have been made for the 2023 riding season and have moved all riding sessions to a quarterly schedule.  Private Lessons and private pay Therapeutic Riding session will now be scheduled for 12-week blocks, totaling four sessions each year. Arrangements can be made for monthly payment installments. 


2023 Riding Session Dates

Year-around horse back riding available based on instructor availability and scheduling

Private Lessons – Ages 6 and older

Looking for a little more one-on-one time with the instructor? Private lessons are available based on staffing.  Choose from individual lessons at $55 per lesson. *Lesson times are subject to change each session*

*Camp Red Cedar’s staff will call to schedule times for all riding programs

Therapeutic Riding – Ages 4 and older

For some, riding a horse might seem impossible; but at Camp Red Cedar, we think anything is possible. Our therapeutic horseback riding program helps children and adults with disabilities improve their physical, developmental and emotional well being. Camp Red Cedar’s PATH, Intl. certified therapeutic riding instructors, along with a team of volunteer horse leaders and side walkers, ensure the rider’s safety as he or she learns new skills on horseback. *Lesson Times are subject to change each session* 

*Therapeutic Riding is available on a first come, first served availability.  Lesson are held on a weekly basis and sessions are scheduled every 12-weeks.  Camp Red Cedar accepts the Indiana Family Support Services Medicaid Waiver, the Community Integration and Habilitation Medicaid Waiver & Private Pay for individuals seeking Therapeutic Riding services*

*Camp Red Cedar’s staff will call to schedule times for all riding programs

Please contact Camp Red Cedar for available funding for 2023.

Click here to signup for riding lessons!