The mission of LiftMeUp! is to provide a safe, effective, and challenging therapeutic riding program dedicated to helping children and adults with a wide range of different abilities. By combining the use of horses and the skills of certified instructors, LiftMeUp! seeks to help riders develop physically, mentally, and emotionally in a caring and fun environment that empowers the rider in ways very different from traditional therapy. Riding at LiftMeUp! helps our riders to sit and stand unassisted, walk independently, improve their focus and attention span and enhance their social and communication skills.
We offer both group inclusion and private lessons at our facility. We charge $65 for a one-hour group lesson for up to four students and $85 for a half-hour private lesson. Each of our lessons is staffed with an instructor certified by PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International), as well as volunteers, who act as horse leaders and side walkers, to conduct the lesson safely.
The following forms must be completed and returned for enrollment (all forms can be downloaded at the link below):
Occasionally, therapeutic riding is not an appropriate form of activity and the rider’s instructor has the right to discontinue the session. Each case will be discussed with the rider/rider’s parent, physician and primary therapist to determine if therapeutic riding is deemed an acceptable activity at this time. If you are interested in speaking to a staff member to learn more about our therapeutic riding program, please feel free to reach out in our contact us page.
Thank you for your interest in LiftMeUp!
"LiftMeUp! has been a game changer for our family, especially during the pandemic this past year. All three of my children have ridden with the incredibly cared for horses that reside at LMU. Each of the horses is treated in such a loving way - and they have distinct personalities to boot! My kids' eyes light up every time they go to ride and we are really grateful for the support that LMU provided to my children. My youngest Luka has an awesome instructor Maya, who clearly deeply cares for all the children she provides lessons for - and we are super lucky to have LiftMeUp! as such an important aspect in our lives. The riding has provided therapy, stability, support, terrific lessons in horse riding, but most of all, a happy and safe place for my son. The staff and volunteers are wonderful people who truly care about what they do - and it is evident every time we visit the barn. It is our happy place in Northern VA and we feel very blessed."