Each rider meets with a licensed physical therapist during their new rider evaluation, prior to beginning lessons. During this evaluation, it is determined whether the rider would benefit most from therapeutic riding or hippotherapy. At this time, it is also determined which horse has the best body type (wide/narrow) and pace combination for the rider. Once the horse is selected, a saddle is chosen to compliment horse and rider by providing the proper level of support. As a rider progresses, the horse and tack may be changed to accommodate new gains and provide new challenges.