Therapeutic riding is usually done in groups of 2-3 riders, (although private lessons are available). The riding instructor will provide occasional hands-on assistance when needed but generally teaches from the center of the riding arena. Volunteers assist riders who are unable to independently control their horses by leading the horse and/or by side-walking alongside those who are unable to stay safely mounted by themselves. The primary goal of therapeutic riding is to learn riding and horsemanship skills. However, as the movement of the horse is inherently therapeutic, riders frequently enjoy secondary benefits such as increased postural control, balance, strength, speech, etc. For more information on therapeutic riding refer to www.PATHIntl.org.