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The Ohio Horse Park offers educational, safe, and fun horseback riding lessons to the community through our Community and Therapeutic Horsemanship Lesson Programs. We offer these lessons for beginner to intermediate level learners. The lessons are one hour long, and are offered in two different formats: once a week session or once every other week.
Ohio Horse ParkLessons are set up in private, semi-private, or groups of three or more people. Lessons are scheduled according to availability of the horses, instructors and supervisors. Our instructors work with the learner’s experience level, abilities and personal goals to form the appropriate lesson. The instructors then follow up those lessons with progress notes keeping track of the success and learning achievements of their riders.

Community Lessons
The lesson program is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Accredited site. Community lessons will work their way through the CHA’s levels and gain the knowledge and horsemanship skills to progress their riding abilities. CHA's mission is to promote safety and education to benefit the equine industry, which we pass on to our college instructors in training and through our certified instructors. We have gone through the accreditation process and passed the CHA Standards for Equestrian Programs which look at site, program, facility, management and also riders with disabilities. It is our goal to provide our riders with safe horse experiences that they can learn from during their time in our program, as well as when they leave us.
Part of the uniqueness to our lesson program is that we are training instructors that are enrolled in our Associates of Equine Studies with a focus on Riding Instruction. Our students must teach hours with certified instructors to be eligible for their instructor certification upon graduation. This allows for them to get feedback and improve their teaching skills while gaining real world experiences in the arena.
Community Lesson Pricing
Individual: $40
Semi-Private: $35
Group (3-4 riders): $30
Package for 6 Lessons (save 10$)
Individual: $230
Semi-Private: $200
Group: $170


Therapeutic Horsemanship

Ohio University Southern's Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship offers unique, planned equine assisted opportunities for individuals with special needs including physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Guided interactions with horses has proven to enhance and increase self-confidence, self-esteem, verbal skills, physical abilities, encourage healthy social skills, and overall improve self-image. We give our horses the ability to not only help shape the individual’s life but to benefit the community with positive outlooks.
The Ohio Horse Park is part of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Intl.) and is a PATH Premier Accredited program with individualized sessions meant to meet the needs of the client. Our instructors record the progress made and utilize that to determine the next steps. Happiness and enjoyment partnered with learning and strengthening are our main goals when working with our clients.

If you have any questions or would like to take lessons, please call our office at 740-354-9347 or email us at
Therapy Lesson Pricing
All lessons (individual, semi-private, and group) are $35 per individual.
Package for 6 lessons (save $10): $200 per individual
Please complete the following application found here and return to the office at:
Ohio Horse Park
PO Box 158
Franklin Furnace, 45629
Please list the name of the event, camp, workshop, or certificate program you are applying for.

We reserve the right to consolidate camps if enrollment numbers are low for any given week. We will notify participants and they will be given the option to enroll in the camp that is offered.

Our lessons are scheduled based on instructor availability. We will do our best to accommodate your selected days and times.

This information allows us to safely match the rider to the horse. Some of our horses have weight limits due to their size, age and physical considerations.

This information allows us to safely match the rider to the horse. Some of our horses have weight limits due to their size, age and physical considerations.

If the participant is under 18 years of age, this form must be completed and submitted by a parent or guardian.