Programs and how to register

Look HERE for documents you need to submit online.

For Park Classes and to purchase Riding Pass call

Park Visitor Center 703-437-9101

For other programs or questions contact us at

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is an equine assisted activity that contributes positively to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.

Unlike traditional forms of therapy, therapeutic horseback riding provides a unique and therapeutic experience for the rider and benefits participants by improving:

  • Balance
  • Muscle tone
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Focusing skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Communication

Equine Assisted Learning

EAL programs use the interactions between humans and horses to encourage personal growth and development and to improve basic life skills.  It also provides help in the following areas:

  • Social, team work and leadership skills
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Communication skills
  • Empathy 
  • Respect
  • Boundaries
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Patience

SPIRIT EAL programs offer individual and group  sessions, for youth,  workshops for corporate groups, teams, families, and other groups to facilitate development of:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Management skills

The SPIRIT Team will create a fun and memorable experience to help you discover your own potential


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Designed for individuals and families, EAP is an approach which incorporates interactions, with horses, into mental and behavioral therapy. 

EAP is used to address:

  • Behavioral issues
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • PTSD



Therapeutic Horsemanship


Therapeutic Horsemanship has been designed for individuals and small groups.

It is an unmounted program, facilitated by a certified TR Instructor.

This program gives individuals practice in ground work and horse care activities to improve:

  • basic life skills (focusing, orientation, emotional intelligence
  • setting boundaries
  • self control
  • communication and social skills
  • confidence



Training and certification process

Join SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program  to learn about the growing field of Equine Assisted Activities.

  • Gain foundational  knowledge and skills to facilitate a variety of activities including Equine Assisted Therapies, Equine Assisted Learning and Therapeutic Riding. 
  • Learn about Urban Horsemanship and equine welfare. 
  • Earn continuing education credits for EAA service provider roles.


Focus Areas

  • Equestrian / Horsemanship Training – Basic mounted and groundwork horsemanship skills
  • EAP – Training for service providers / Therapists
  • EAL – Training for service providers  / Facilitators
  • TR – Training for service providers / Instructors


For additional information on any of SPIRIT’s programs, please contact us at