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Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Back in the Saddle, Equine Therapy Center

BITS ETC (Back In The Saddle Equine Therapy Center), a P.A.T.H. International Member Center,  has been offering therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to people ages 2 to 92 living with disabilities since 2003.  We serve clients residing in central NH, referred by physicians, institutions, schools, and word-of-mouth. 11 equines provide the 'horse-power" for  lessons six days a week year-round.  Schools and area agencies send volunteers to fulfill community service requirements, as well as clients.

Over 70 volunteers donated in excess of 7000 hours of their time last year. Our small size encourages a feeling of close community as we work together to provide the best available therapeutic experience for each client.  We pride ourselves on small class sizes (never more than 3 astride at one time), and individual attention for optimum therapeutic effect. 

Therapeutic riding is offered daily, for one hour or one half-hour astride lessons.  Typical of lessons offered includes learning how to work with the horse from the ground, in grooming, tacking up, and cooling down.

Our offerings in the RideUP Program for Veterans and Uniformed Professionals (Fire, EMT, and Police) include astride lessons, ground training in safe horse interaction, and introduction to training techniques.

Vocational Education is offered to clients 14 years and older with emphasis on job skills that are translatable to other fields of work.  Good team interaction, self-advocacy, clear communication, and proper etiquette (on time, ready to work, able to perform assigned duties) are emphasized.

Equine Assisted Activities offers reinforcement of IEP goals.  Working in close conjunction with schools, this program fosters independence, self-awareness, and self confidence as students learn how their actions affect their equine partners. In so doing, they learn skills that serve them well in general life interactions.

A Little Bit of BITS offers group activities encompassing both ground and astride time with our horses.

Miniature Horse Outreach provides our mini's to public spaces to spread the word about therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to hospitals, schools, libraries, and public events.  Volunteers are utilized to provide support for these activities.

We provide scholarships based on a sliding scale fee for low income families unable to afford the full cost of lessons. We are committed to allocating significant administrative time to applying for grants and finding funding sources in the community to continue our mission of providing horse interactions to those who can most benefit from it.


To provide therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to clients ages two to ninety-two, living with disabilities in central NH.  May include planning a curriculum for after-school horse camps Mon through Friday during school year.  Direct client teaching, as well as program support and development.  May include special fundraising activities and holiday camp dates.

Direct supervision and training of volunteers to maintain safe lesson environment and herd management.  Ability to work with volunteers of diverse backgrounds a must.


Must be physically fit and able to run next to a horse for brief periods of time.  Able to lift 50 lbs. safely.  Must be PATH International certified with a minimum of two years experience teaching the disabled in horse riding.  Should be able to demonstrate all riding skills taught to students.  Must have an understanding of basic horse care and best practices in feeding and handling to ensure herd safety.  Should be able to work as a team leader, fostering the development of our volunteers who need teaching and guidance to develop their skills in working with our horses.

  • Campus set up before scheduled lessons.
  • Supervision of am or pm volunteers in chores and barn upkeep
  • Designation of duties to volunteers for the day
  • Direct teaching of clients
  • Development of a curriculum, and executing that curriculum for after school horse camps (3-6 PM, Mon through Fri.)
  • Daily notes filed for each lesson taught
How to Apply:

Please send resume and letter of interest to:

Pauline Meridien / 334 College Hill Rd. / Hopkinton, NH 03229

alternately, email: 

Salary Range:

$14.00-$16.00 per hour

Job Location:


Date Added: November 22, 2019

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