Oxbow Academy’s horsemanship program is an optional activity students may earn through consistent improvement in therapy, academics, and residential assignments. This program is considered a privilege.
Whereas equine activities are conducted with the student on the ground, horsemanship teaches students the basics of Western riding skills. Students first learn how to halter, tie, lunge and saddle their horse. They learn how to build a bond of trust and respect between themselves and their horses.
Once they have mastered basic skills, they must complete an arena obstacle course. Students who demonstrate proficiency in this test “earn their boots.” Now they are ready for trail rides.
Having the confidence to ride a horse and the opportunity to ride in Utah’s spectacular backcountry is a therapeutic experience in itself. Students often return to school with renewed motivation and determination to meet their therapeutic goals. They realize what may have once seemed unattainable is well within their grasp.
If you would prefer to discuss your situation with a counselor, we invite you to call Erin Nester, our admissions counselor, at (435) 469-0683.
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