Therapeutic riding is beneficial for people with a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental challenges.  Therapeutic riding involves the use of a roller and pad rather than a saddle, allowing for a heightened sensory and physical experience for the rider.

Sessions are conducted on a one to one basis and are client centred.  Benefits of therapeutic riding are improved balance and core strength, improved co-ordination, improved motor planning and sensory integration.  Therapeutic riding can also be used as a relaxing and slow introduction to horse riding. 

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Besides therapeutic riding and equestrian education we also offer equestrian vaulting which brings children together and develops Team-work, communication skills, self-confidence and much much more. All sessions are given by fully trained instructors.

Our team:

Helen Keogh
Helen has a long and well established history with a highly regarded reputation within the equestrian training industry. With over 35 years’ experience of working with horses and 22 years working with people with disabilities, Helen has a wide and varied skill set. Helen holds her British Horse Society II, Horse Sport Ireland level 1 coaching and British Equestrian Vaulting level 2 coach, Helen also has a BA in applied Social Studies with Disability. equisteps 2

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Essie Mooney

Essie has more than 15 years’ experience working with horses and people, including 7 years working with people with a variety of needs including physical, cognitive, emotional and sensory impairments. She has co-ordinated and managed groups for specific equine activities including Equine Assisted Learning and Therapeutic Riding as well as assisting in the co-ordinating and managing of a specialised equestrian centre. Essie has BA in Primary Education, is a qualified Therapeutic Riding Coach FETAC Level 6 , is EAGALA certified in Equine Assisted Learning, has Horse Sport Ireland level 1 coaching and is a British Equestrian Vaulting level 2 coach.

Equisteps are now offering:

  • Therapeutic riding lessons on a one-to-one basis
  • Recreational riding for children and adults
  • Equestrian vaulting for groups of up to 8
  • Contact with ponies through grooming and leading activities
  • All ages and abilities catered for.


If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us. You can find us on facebook or phone us at: 086 225 6138

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