Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Program for Persons with Disabilities (LBTRA) provides recreational riding programs for persons with disabilities with emphasis on development of independence, physical well being, ability, confidence and riding techniques. We are a not-for-profit, charitable organization, established in 1975.
The program is held at the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association (WELCA) at: 12510 Fox Drive, in the scenic North Saskatchewan River valley of Edmonton. WELCA is serviced by the Disabled Adult Transportation System (DATS) system and is on an Edmonton Transit System (ETS) route. Little Bits is an independent user group of the WELCA facility and pays significant funds for the use of the arena and lesson horses.
For more information about Little Bits, please go to: www.littlebits.ca/
Our Programs Include:
- Itty Bits:
Riders in the Itty Bits program range in age from 3 years to five and a half years of age. Therapeutic riding will benefit each child in varying and multiple ways.
- Little Bits
Riders in the Little Bits Program range in age from five and a half to 18 years of age.
- Big Bits
The Big Bits program was established in 1997 in response to an increasing number of riders over the age of 18.
Class schedules consist of an 8-week winter session (Sunday and Wednesday), a 11-week spring session and a 11-week fall session. We also ride for five days (one week) in August for riders currently enrolled or already on waiting list.
For the spring and fall, classes are run on Tuesday mornings for adults, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon/evenings for children and adults and all-day Sunday, with classes for both adults and children. Classes are one hour in length, and run back to back on the hour. All safety equipment is provided, and specially selected and trained horses are used in the program.
LBTRA could not operate without the many dedicated volunteers who serve as leaders, side-walkers, and helping in the barn grooming and tacking up the horses.
About LITTLE BITS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION
The emphasis of the program is on development of independence, physical well-being, ability, confidence and riding techniques.
Riders will be able to enjoy trail rides (in warm weather) that take them through the forest and up and down small hills, over grass, gravel, concrete, sand, mud and water. They may ride on a warm sunny day, get caught in a short rain, or be out on a breezy day. All these sensations add to the overall experience of connecting with nature.
All riders could experience emotional benefits via a sense of achievement and the ability to take risks. Riding provides persons with disabilities a sense of normalcy, as this is an activity which most any person can take part in. Riding can be highly motivating for some individuals and great for increasing self-confidence. It is a fun and enjoyable way to have “therapy” in a non-therapeutic setting. The horses are the therapy equipment and their movement affect each rider in a positive, non-clinical manner.