Special Ability HorseManShip

​Horses, hearts, children and adults is a mix that enhances life and encourages physical, emotional and developmental growth. It’s a chance to participate in an activity that brings joy to hearts and smiles to faces.  Sometimes it’s a time of connecting in a physical way and sometimes it’s a time of heart connection, but it’s  always a time to share from the human heart to the equine heart. We are sure that there are people in your life who would benefit from spending time with horses.

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 For all ages, from the very youngest to the older adult with a diverse range of special needs


  •   Individualized specialized program

  •  One on One lessons

  •   Includes, as ability permits,  fetching the horse from the pen,  grooming, saddling, leading,

  •   Arena work and outside trail ride

  •   Games and fun activities, labyrinth, pole bending,

  •   Weekly, bi-weekly to fit your schedule

  •   Year round

  •   Approximately 1 hour lesson

  •   Emphasis on building core strength, learning “right & left” ,  balance, leg strength, cross-over exercises

  •   Walk, Trot and Gait

  •   On lead line progressing to independent riding, as ability permits

  •  $63.00 per lesson (includes GST). Each lesson about 1 hour long.

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What YOU need to bring for your lessons:


  1. your own helmet, can be purchased at a local Tack Shop

  2. wear appropriate clothing, shoes/boots with heels, NO dangling strings, jewelry, or loose clothing

  3. volunteers to be "Spotters"  (walk beside horse or just keep an eye on rider to help with safely and to re-enforce lessons)

  4. volunteer to be "Horse Handlers (to lead horse, or other wise help with horse)

  5. a great attitude!

  6. willingness to learn and have fun while learning

  7. spectators to cheer you on

  8. carrots or apples to give your horse a treat for a "job well done"    

"Watching my child ride, under the direction of Dennis Quillams, brought tears to my eyes as I realized that this was one of the very best things, since the 4 years since my son’s diagnosis, that I ever could have done to help my child. My son was diagnosed with a rare genetic neurological disorder, Polymicrogyria, resulting in left sided hemi-paresis (partial-paralysis,) and after years of therapy and tons of dedicated work, watching my son steer Cuddles the horse, entirely on his own made me realize just how lucky we were to stumble across Dennis and Cuddles which has given my son the confidence and promise to engineer his own destiny, on his own terms, within his own ability and under the caring and experienced guidance of Dennis. Never have I been more thankful. Thank you."

  Laura Freeman

"Riding my horse-gives wings to my feet and joy to my heart"


Special Ability HorseManShip is supported by the non-profit charity,

Gaitway to Equine Experiences, Central Alberta. This foundation purpose is to support riders, provide funds to keep the horses happy and healthy and to raise donations for other expences.

Visit the webpage for more information on the foundation and how you can donate.

Or donate directly from here to ensure the program continues.  

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