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 abilities. By combining the use of horses with 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 very different way from traditional therapy. Riding at LiftMeUp! helps students sit and stand unassisted, walk independently, improve their focus and attention span and enhance social and communication skills.
Group inclusion and private lessons are offered at our facility. The charge is $70 for a one-hour group lesson (up to 4 students) and $90 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 minimum age for riding lessons is 5 years old.
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, 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."