Thank you for your interest in joining Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. The following enrollment form must be completed and submitted for review prior to having a participant assessment. Once you, your parent or your guardian completes the online enrollment, you will be asked to download a Physician’s Release Form. Please note the medical forms must be completed and signed by the participant's physician, and returned to Giant Steps, before an assessment can be scheduled. The assessment is to determine the participant's individual needs, such as suitability, class type, exercise tolerance, mounting technique, volunteer assistance required, horse and adaptive equipment assignments, availability and goal setting. Participants are then placed in classes based on their individual needs, ability, age, personal goals and availability.
Through carefully designed objectives and lesson plans prepared by our PATH International Certified Instructors, participants work towards their personal goals in a therapeutically beneficial setting. The participant's instructor records measurable outcomes and documents progress notes each week for the individual participants they serve; always working towards the goals agreed upon at the beginning of each session.
Giant Steps Board of Directors, staff and volunteers aggressively pursue revenue to support the program and make it affordable for every participant we serve. Every Giant Steps participant is subsidized through vigorous fundraising efforts. Although participants pay a tuition fee of $65 per lesson, the actual cost to Giant Steps is over twice as much. Scholarships may be considered on a case by case and session by session basis. You can download the Scholarship application in our Resources section or upon submission of your enrollment application.
We look forward to making Giant Steps an integral part of your year. As you complete the forms, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie, our Program Director: 707-781-9455 or [email protected].
We strive to keep the tuition cost as low as possible through vigorous fundraising efforts throughout the year by our volunteer board of directors, our small staff, and committees. The tuition fee is a fraction of the actual costs of our program, and financial assistance is available to a limited degree for those who qualify.
Payment in full is required at the beginning of each session. The client will not be able to participate unless payment arrangements have been made with the office manager. This will secure your lesson time throughout the session. There are no per lesson rates, fees are charged at a flat tuition rate for each session. (Annual program calendar attached)
Due to the high level of program activity we are not able to offer refunds, make-ups for missed lessons, or carry a balance over from one session to the next.
Riding is not an appropriate activity for everybody. The Giant Steps program has occasionally had to decline services to those for whom riding is contraindicated. As a
PATH International accredited program, we must follow their guidelines. According to PATH International guidelines, riding is contraindicated if:
The chart below shows the maximum weight per height that is appropriate for riding. People within the limit will be evaluated by staff to determine if riding is a safe and appropriate activity.
In our commitment to equity and inclusion, we track data on our clients, volunteers, and staff. This data is merely for us to evaluate our progress on our equity and inclusion work.It does not affect your application in any way, and is completely voluntary to complete.
At times it is helpful for Giant Steps to gather information about our clients from other providers. Please provide the names and contact information for health care providers and educators who work with you / your child. You may refuse to sign this form. You may cancel it at any time by informing Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center in writing. If you cancel your permission to allow the release of information about you / your child, it will go into effect immediately (unless someone already released information). You have the right to receive a copy of this Authorization.
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