Learn to Ride

Easter Seals Nova Scotia is pleased to present our Learn to Ride Day Camp at Serenity Acres Family Ranch, located in Ardoise, Nova Scotia, a community 20 minutes from Halifax/ Dartmouth.

This five-day camp is offered in two week long sessions. The program takes place for 3 hours per day and is available for children ages 6 to 12 and 13 to 21, who live with a physical and/or cognitive disability. The participation cost of the camp to families will be $100 for the entire week. The residual fee will be provided by Easter Seals Nova Scotia and our community partners.

Learn to Ride is an experiential learner centered program that promotes the development of healthy life skills for educational, professional and personal development through equine assisted activities. Benefits of this program include positive development of communication, confidence, team building, increased awareness of non-verbal communication and improved self-esteem.

All activities are adjusted to the ability of the child/youth and are implemented by staffed trained in Assisted Equestrian Techniques. The Take PART Coordinator of Easter Seals Nova Scotia stays on-site every day for the week.

The following activities are included throughout the week. All activities are adjusted to the ability and mobility challenges of the participant:

  • Rookie Rider Barrels – participants will learn how to mount and dismount a horse correctly before getting on a real horse.
  • Daily Horse Therapy – participants will learn how to groom and walk a horse. Participants will also enjoy a Beginner Riding Lesson or Assisted Ride.
  • Trail rides for those 10 plus and enhanced trail rides for younger children
  • Horse Management – participants will learn how to interact with ranch animals including animal meal preparation and barn management.
  • Petting Zoo and Swimming Pool

At Easter Seals Nova Scotia, we know that inclusive sports provide tremendous benefits to children living with disabilities. These are our anticipated outcomes for Learn to Ride:

  • Improved balance by reaching deep muscles not accessible in conventional physical therapy.
  • Strengthening of muscles and stretching of tight or spastic muscles.
  • Improved coordination including faster reflexes and better motion planning.
  • General sense of well-being including improved self confidence.
  • Decreased social isolation.
  • A sense of normalcy by being able to hone a skill considered difficult by the “able” population.
  • Improved emotional control and self-discipline.

Easter Seals Nova Scotia and Serenity Acres Family Ranch are pleased to partner to bring this inclusive Day Camp to our Take PART slate of programs for children living with disabilities.


To sign-up for this program, please contact Kirsten Lebelle, Take PART coordinator, at takepart@easterseals.ns.ca or 902-453-6000 ext. 220.