FAQs

What if the rider has to cancel?

Please notify TEC in advance if you will be unable to attend your scheduled class. Any unexcused absence losses the lesson. If the rider has a medical reason for missing their lessons, TEC may credit those lessons onto the next session. TEC does not offer cash refunds.

What is TEC?

TEC is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, founded in 1982 for the purpose of promoting and enhancing, through the use of horseback riding, the abilities of each participant to reach their highest potential and to promote to the general public an understanding of the needs and abilities of people with disabilities.

How is TEC funded?

TEC is funded by grants, donations, gifts, special fundraising events and a growing group of supporters called the “Friends of TEC”.

Is there a fee?

The fee is $180.00 per rider for a six-week session. This is a co-payment fee with TEC fundraising operations furnishing most of the operating expenses for the sessions.

How long are the sessions?

Therapeutic Riding Sessions are usually six weeks long. TEC runs six sessions a year. Riders can enroll at any time in as many sessions a year as they desire.

Do the instructors receive special training to work with people with disabilities?

TEC Instructors are PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Certified and/or Mass licensed. TEC is a PATH Int’l Member Center and follows the guidelines established by PATH Intl.

How large are the groups?

Groups are a maximum of four riders.

Are private lessons available?

Yes, private lessons are available by request.

Do the riders have assistance during the lesson?

All riders in a session have a leader for the horse and sidewalkers assisting them if needed.

How often do the sessions meet?

Sessions meet once a week.

How long are the sessions?

The sessions are approximately 50 min long & include mounted and unmounted activities.

Is there an age limit?

TEC currently has riders from as young as 4 to over 70 years old.

Is any special equipment required?

Helmets are required. TEC provides helmets for all riders to use during the sessions.

What clothing should the rider wear?

TEC suggests riders wear boots with a heel, but TEC will allow riders to wear sneakers. Long pants are also required.

Does TEC run its lesson program all year long?

TEC has an indoor arena and our lesson program runs all year long.

What if lessons are canceled?

If TEC cancels due to weather or any other reason we will have make up sessions or credit those lessons onto the next session. TEC does not offer cash refunds.

How will I know if lessons are canceled at TEC?

TEC follows the Holyoke Public School cancellations. If Holyoke Schools are closed due to weather, TEC will be closed. If you are in doubt, call TEC 413-532-1462. We will have a message on the answering machine stating the cancellation.

What must a rider do to enroll in a session?

All riders must submit completed application forms before being allowed to participate. When the application is received TEC will try to find a suitable class and schedule the applicant. If a suitable group is not available your name will be put on a waiting list. You will be notified when an opening is available.