Riding Lessons


Little Cowpokes – Ages 6-8

Buckaroos – Ages 8 and older

Private Lessons – Ages 6 and up

Therapeutic Riding – Ages 4 and up

Recreational Therapy – Ages 4 and up

“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

  • There are two requirements for all riders. One is the rider application or registration; the second is a completed doctor’s physical form. The application is to be filled out by a parent or legal guardian at https://campredcedar.com/registernow. The physical form needs to be completed prior to starting lessons along with the forms in the paperwork packet.
    • Forms must be COMPLETELY filled out to be accepted. Make sure that you have completed all information that is applicable.
    • After registering at www.campredcedar.com/registernow, you will be able to download the needed paperwork–that includes the physician form.
    • When you have forms completed you can send (email, fax, or mail) them to Camp Red Cedar. The riding coordinator will place riders into a group or class of similar diagnosis’ and ability levels.  Amount of time spent on the waiting list can vary depending on program/placement availability. Once a spot opens up that would be a great fit for your rider, you will be contacted about dates and times.
  • Camp Red Cedar “Waiting List” Policy
    • An application/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 may be submitted every December (when registration opens).
  • Payment Policy for all Riding Sessions
    • Changes have been made for the 2020 Riding season and have moved all riding sessions to a quarterly schedule.  Cowpokes, Buckaroos, Private Lessons, and Therapeutic Riding session will now be scheduled for 12-week blocks, totaling four sessions each year.
    • The first payment for each session will require 50% to be paid at the start of each session and final payment at the 6-week mark of each session. 
    • Payments will be as followed: 
      • Cowpokes Riding Lessons: $150 due at start of session, $150 due at 6-week mark
      • Buckaroos Riding Lessons: $210 due at start of session, $210 due at 6-week mark
      • Private Riding Lessons: $270 due at start of session, $270 due at 6-week mark
      • Therapeutic Riding Lessons (Private Pay Individuals Only): $270 due at start of session, $270 due at 6-week mark

2021 Riding Session Dates



Little Cowpokes – Ages 6-8

Little Cowpokes offers a 30 minute group lesson to introduce riding to the first-time riders. Throughout the 12-week session, riders learn how to guide and steer the horse in a balanced riding position. A leader may guide the horse until the rider is safely able to demonstrate basic riding skills. Upon completion of Little Cowpokes, riders will be able to perform at a satisfactory level the following skill sets:

  • Steer the horse independently at the walk and trot
  • Show/maintain proper position at the walk
  • Demonstrate proper two point position at the walk
  • Demonstrate basic riding skills safely within a group

Sessions include a weekly 30-minute lesson for 12-weeks. Cost per session is $300.

*Lesson times are subject to change each session*

Buckaroos – Ages 8 and older

Learning to ride and advance your skills is different depending on age, experience, and self-motivation. Here are the general standards we use at Camp Red Cedar to help you know if you are at the right level. By participating in the Buckaroo group lessons, you will follow a structured program over the 12-week session to help build a strong foundation, given the best tools to become effective and safe. We have organized the program into levels based on skill sets. This will allow students to be placed with those at the same level of training or experience.

Beginner riders will learn how to halter, lead, groom, and tack/un-tack the horse. While riding, riders will be coached to develop the proper mounted position. Emphasis will be placed on the education of the seat, leg, and hand positioning. Upon completion riders will be able to perform at a satisfactory level the following skill sets:

  • Demonstrate the ability to safely lead, groom and tack horse with minimal assistance
  • Show/maintain proper position at the walk and trot (sitting and posting)
  • Staying in balance during walk/trot transitions
  • Move in and out of two point position, with proper adjustment of the rein at the walk
  • Demonstrate basic riding skills safely within a group

* Adult classes available for all Buckaroo levels. Call for availability. *

All sessions include a weekly 60-minute lesson for 12-weeks. Choose English or Western style riding. Cost per session is $420.

*Lesson times are subject to change each session*

Private Lessons – Ages 6 and older

Looking for a little more one-on-one time with the instructor? Private lessons are available.  Choose from individual lessons at $45 per lesson, or book an 12-week riding session for $540. *Lesson times are subject to change each session*

  • 1st Session: January 6th-March 28th
    • –OFF WEEK March 30th-April 4th
  • 2nd Session: April 6th-June 27th
    • Spring Horse Show, May 2nd, 2020
      • –OFF WEEK June 29th-July 4th
  • 3rd Session: July 6th-September 25th
  • 4th Session: September 28th-December 26th
    • Fall Horse Show, September 12, 2020
      • –OFF WEEK November 23rd-28th

*All sessions are currently on a waitlist*

*Christmas Eve and Christmas day will be rescheduled

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 ($540 per 12-weeks) for individuals seeking Therapeutic Riding services*

*All sessions are currently on a waitlist*

Recreational Therapy – Ages 4 and older

Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.

 Therapeutic Recreation is provided by professionals who are trained and certified, registered and/or licensed to provide Therapeutic Recreation. (© ATRA, 1986) Camp Red Cedar currently employs two Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS).

 Therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities and other conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life. (NTRS, 2000)

*Recreational Therapy (RETH) is available on a first come, first served availability.  RETH sessions are scheduled on a weekly basis and carry on through out the year or until services are discontinued.  Camp Red Cedar accepts the Indiana Family Support Services Medicaid Waiver, the Community Integration and Habilitation Medicaid Waiver & Private Pay for individuals seeking Recreational Therapy services*

Please register online or call for availability 260-637-3608