LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit therapeutic riding program serving children and adults with disabilities each year. The program operates 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, year round. Clients generally have the same time ‘spot’ on a weekly basis; for example Friday at 1:00 pm, and are expected to come regularly. 3 missed sessions in a row constitutes losing your ‘spot’.
Eligibility Requirements & Admittance Process
Any person diagnosed with an emotional, physical, cognitive disability from age 2 years and up is eligible to apply for enrollment into one of LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center programs. There are additional requirements that students must first meet before we can enroll them in our program.
The first step is to contact LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center office to discuss space availability. Once an open spot is determined, the student, student’s parent’s, or legal guardian must fill out copies of all the LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center enrollment forms. No student may begin sessions with LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center until all forms are received. The enrollment forms can be emailed to you. Please click on the previous link to request forms to be sent to you or you may visit the barn to obtain the forms.
The student and his/her parent(s) or caregiver must attend a preliminary evaluation and intake meeting with Donna Lariviere, Occupational Therapist. This intake and evaluation process is in place to help LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center establish the best treatment plan possible for each individual student. It is also at this time that precautions and contraindications to riding for particular disabilities are reviewed and discussed on an individual basis.
Students with specific treatment plans that include specialized emergency procedures, medical prescriptions, or actions to be taken around behavioral issues must have a parent or caregiver accompany them to each session with LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center.
LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center considers itself to be a “sex offender restricted zone” as defined in Section 261(4) of Title 17-A of the Maine Revised Statutes. Any person who is required to register in Maine for placement on Maine’s sex offender registry and who has been convicted of a sex offense against another person who had not in fact attained 14 years of age may not have any direct or indirect contact at LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center volunteers or clients. LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center reserves the right to exclude from its program and the premises it controls any person convicted of a sex offense.