Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding

Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding Lift Me Up! is a premier accredited center with PATH, Intl. and has been serving the community for over 40 years. Through our team of PATH-certified instructors, volunteers, and 11 horses and ponies, we offer therapeutic riding lessons 7 days a week!

is a therapeutic horseback riding program that provides safe and effective instruction to children and adults with a variety of disabiliites. We teach riding skills adapted to the individual's cognitive and physical needs. Participation in the LMU program has helped our students to sit or stand unassisted, walk independently, improve their focus and attention span, and enhance their social and communication skills.

Operating as usual

09/16/2021

Throwback Thursday! Check out this adorable video of a younger Jax kicking up his heels, from two years ago!

09/15/2021

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Barn Manager
Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding in Great Falls, VA (liftmeup.org) seeks full-time Barn Manager to care for 15 lesson and boarder horses. Responsibilities include feed and turnout, cleaning stalls, providing hay and water, and upkeep of barn and fields with the help of volunteers. Candidate must be experienced in horse care and handling with basic knowledge of horse first aid and ability to speak with veterinarians. Must be able to manage feed and supply shipments, be a good team member with staff and volunteers in our program, and have reliable transportation. Preference for someone who is also interested in teaching therapeutic riding, but not required. There is an option for discounted housing on site. Contact Jackie Collins 703-298-1657 or [email protected]. Full list of job responsibilities available upon request.

Steve and Lucas pose with Finn and Rocky (and volunteer Ali) outside of the barn. What a wonderful evening for a ride!
09/15/2021

Steve and Lucas pose with Finn and Rocky (and volunteer Ali) outside of the barn. What a wonderful evening for a ride!

Steve and Lucas pose with Finn and Rocky (and volunteer Ali) outside of the barn. What a wonderful evening for a ride!

Happy riders and happy horses in the Tuesday evening class! Great job tonight everyone! 👏
09/15/2021

Happy riders and happy horses in the Tuesday evening class! Great job tonight everyone! 👏

The fall session has begun! Welcome back, riders!
09/15/2021

The fall session has begun! Welcome back, riders!

The fall session has begun! Welcome back, riders!

Delfinia had her very first therapeutic riding lesson since returning from her hospitalization! We are thrilled to see D...
09/11/2021

Delfinia had her very first therapeutic riding lesson since returning from her hospitalization! We are thrilled to see Delfinia back to her spunky self, dragging her volunteers to the grass and of course taking the very best care of her rider. We think she really enjoyed being a part of lessons again!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated and helped with Delfinia's miraculous recovery!

Delfinia had her very first therapeutic riding lesson since returning from her hospitalization! We are thrilled to see Delfinia back to her spunky self, dragging her volunteers to the grass and of course taking the very best care of her rider. We think she really enjoyed being a part of lessons again!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated and helped with Delfinia's miraculous recovery!

Thank you to all of our Tooth Fairies who sponsored our horses and came to watch the dental work yesterday! Everyone had...
08/24/2021

Thank you to all of our Tooth Fairies who sponsored our horses and came to watch the dental work yesterday! Everyone had a great educational experience watching their favorite horse get their teeth floated and learning what it takes to keep our horses' dental health in top shape.

Thank you to all of our Tooth Fairies who sponsored our horses and came to watch the dental work yesterday! Everyone had a great educational experience watching their favorite horse get their teeth floated and learning what it takes to keep our horses' dental health in top shape.

August Summer Camp concluded today with our horse show! Rider's competed in equitation and barrel racing and won ribbons...
08/20/2021

August Summer Camp concluded today with our horse show! Rider's competed in equitation and barrel racing and won ribbons for steering, 2pt and trotting. Great job everyone! 👏🎉

Day 3 of Summer Camp! How the time flies when you're having fun at the barn! Today, campers learned about tacking up and...
08/19/2021

Day 3 of Summer Camp! How the time flies when you're having fun at the barn! Today, campers learned about tacking up and horse colors and markings, decorated horse shoes, and practiced for the Friday horse show. Great job campers!!

Day 2 of August Horsemanship Camp! Today campers practiced their riding, made horse treats and decorated picture frames....
08/18/2021

Day 2 of August Horsemanship Camp! Today campers practiced their riding, made horse treats and decorated picture frames. So much fun!

Day 1 of August Horse Camp was so much fun, despite the rain! 🌧️ We're just grateful for cooler temps! Today, campers ro...
08/16/2021

Day 1 of August Horse Camp was so much fun, despite the rain! 🌧️ We're just grateful for cooler temps! Today, campers rode, learned to groom their horses, and designed their own horse notebooks.

Kylie has formed such a special bond with Hoffman this summer! Our summer session ended with a day of ba****ck riding an...
08/16/2021

Kylie has formed such a special bond with Hoffman this summer! Our summer session ended with a day of ba****ck riding and baths.

Summer Camp runs M-F this week - no regular lessons!

Yes, we are still having lessons tonight despite the storms! 🌩️ Come and join us for fun in the barn working with the ho...
08/11/2021

Yes, we are still having lessons tonight despite the storms! 🌩️ Come and join us for fun in the barn working with the horses!

Shiloh, our newest addition to the herd, explores the indoor arena for the first time under saddle!Photo description: A ...
08/11/2021

Shiloh, our newest addition to the herd, explores the indoor arena for the first time under saddle!

Photo description: A rider sits on a chestnut (brown) horse in the indoor arena. In the second photo, the horse is looking at his reflection in the mirror.

LiftMeUp! is once again delighted to be holding our annual fundraiser. For tickets and more information please click her...
08/06/2021

LiftMeUp! is once again delighted to be holding our annual fundraiser. For tickets and more information please click here - https://liftmeupgala.com/

We hope to see you there. Any questions, please call 703-283-4334.

LiftMeUp! is once again delighted to be holding our annual fundraiser. For tickets and more information please click here - https://liftmeupgala.com/

We hope to see you there. Any questions, please call 703-283-4334.

So many happy riders and horses this morning!
07/31/2021

So many happy riders and horses this morning!

A peaceful moment on a trail ride at LiftMeUp ☀️
07/29/2021

A peaceful moment on a trail ride at LiftMeUp ☀️

A peaceful moment on a trail ride at LiftMeUp ☀️

Kim and Tina are such a goofy pair!
07/28/2021

Kim and Tina are such a goofy pair!

Maggie is so excited about this giant apple Kasen brought for her as a gift! What a special day! 🍎Photo description: Thr...
07/28/2021

Maggie is so excited about this giant apple Kasen brought for her as a gift! What a special day! 🍎

Photo description: Three young riders stand beside a gray horse smiling for the camera. One is holding up a big red apple.

Maggie is so excited about this giant apple Kasen brought for her as a gift! What a special day! 🍎

Photo description: Three young riders stand beside a gray horse smiling for the camera. One is holding up a big red apple.

Hoffman did great in his first lesson at LiftMeUp! His rider did an excellent job showing him the ropes by steering him ...
07/24/2021

Hoffman did great in his first lesson at LiftMeUp! His rider did an excellent job showing him the ropes by steering him over the ground poles and around the cones in the arena. Without a doubt this big loveable guy will soon be a favorite among our riders! Awesome job, Kylie and Hoffman!! 👏

Hoffman did great in his first lesson at LiftMeUp! His rider did an excellent job showing him the ropes by steering him over the ground poles and around the cones in the arena. Without a doubt this big loveable guy will soon be a favorite among our riders! Awesome job, Kylie and Hoffman!! 👏

Hello LMU family! It’s that time of year again - summer teeth floating!Did you know a horse’s teeth need to be seen by a...
07/15/2021

Hello LMU family! It’s that time of year again - summer teeth floating!

Did you know a horse’s teeth need to be seen by a dentist every year for grinding and maintenance? This summer, sponsor your favorite LMU horse’s dental work!

Not only will you be helping your favorite equine friend feel better, but if you sponsor a horse’s teeth floating you will be invited to come to the barn to watch what it takes to keep a horse’s dental health in great shape!

Sponsorship of a horse’s dental work is $125 per horse. Please visit our website at www.liftmeup.org/donations and indicate that your donation is for dental work. Please be sure to indicate which horse you are sponsoring. The date of the dental appointment will be announced by email to all who have sponsored a horse.

Thank you!

Hello LMU family! It’s that time of year again - summer teeth floating!

Did you know a horse’s teeth need to be seen by a dentist every year for grinding and maintenance? This summer, sponsor your favorite LMU horse’s dental work!

Not only will you be helping your favorite equine friend feel better, but if you sponsor a horse’s teeth floating you will be invited to come to the barn to watch what it takes to keep a horse’s dental health in great shape!

Sponsorship of a horse’s dental work is $125 per horse. Please visit our website at www.liftmeup.org/donations and indicate that your donation is for dental work. Please be sure to indicate which horse you are sponsoring. The date of the dental appointment will be announced by email to all who have sponsored a horse.

Thank you!

We had beautiful cool weather on Saturday for a relaxing ride down the road!
07/13/2021

We had beautiful cool weather on Saturday for a relaxing ride down the road!

We had beautiful cool weather on Saturday for a relaxing ride down the road!

Kasen and Anna did a great job in their lesson this morning! Thank you to everyone for being patient with our heat-relat...
07/08/2021

Kasen and Anna did a great job in their lesson this morning! Thank you to everyone for being patient with our heat-related cancellations. We're so happy the heat has subsided enough for us to have morning lessons in the outdoor arena and trail again! ☀️

Spotted on the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation page! Tina, Rocky and Jax in the 4th of July Parade! 🥳
07/06/2021

Spotted on the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation page! Tina, Rocky and Jax in the 4th of July Parade! 🥳

A great day to fill some potholes! 🚜
07/05/2021

A great day to fill some potholes! 🚜

A great day to fill some potholes! 🚜

🎀 Did you see us in the parade? Our horses loved showing off their red white and blue! 🎀See more photos and behind the s...
07/04/2021

🎀 Did you see us in the parade? Our horses loved showing off their red white and blue! 🎀

See more photos and behind the scenes shots on our page (link in bio)! Share your own photos on our page or tag @liftmeup_therapeuticriding. We would love to see them!

Photos from Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding's post
07/04/2021

Photos from Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding's post

Come join us at the 4th of July Parade in Great Falls! Look out for our tractor Big Blue and all your favorite horses! P...
07/04/2021

Come join us at the 4th of July Parade in Great Falls! Look out for our tractor Big Blue and all your favorite horses!

Parade begins at 10am departing from Columbine Rd and parading around the Village Green. See you there!

Come join us at the 4th of July Parade in Great Falls! Look out for our tractor Big Blue and all your favorite horses!

Parade begins at 10am departing from Columbine Rd and parading around the Village Green. See you there!

It's finally cooled off enough for us to re-open for lessons! ☀️ Today riders spent some time cooling down their horses ...
07/01/2021

It's finally cooled off enough for us to re-open for lessons! ☀️ Today riders spent some time cooling down their horses with a bath after their ride.

Great job today, campers!!! 🎉 Our June Horsemanship Camp concluded today with our Horse Show. Everyone did a great job a...
06/18/2021

Great job today, campers!!! 🎉 Our June Horsemanship Camp concluded today with our Horse Show. Everyone did a great job and had a lot of fun competing in equitation and pole bending classes! 🐎

We can't believe the June Horsemanship Summer Camp is almost over! Today, riders worked on their steering and trotting, ...
06/17/2021

We can't believe the June Horsemanship Summer Camp is almost over! Today, riders worked on their steering and trotting, made pool noodle horses, and gave the horses a bath to get ready for tomorrow's show!

Another fun day of Summer Horsemanship Camp!! ☀️ Today, riders painted their horses, played relay races, practiced their...
06/16/2021

Another fun day of Summer Horsemanship Camp!! ☀️ Today, riders painted their horses, played relay races, practiced their skills for the Friday Horse Show, made bracelets and decorated lucky horse shoes!

Those are some happy campers! On Day 2 of Summer Horsemanship Camp, riders learned how to lead their horse, played games...
06/15/2021

Those are some happy campers!

On Day 2 of Summer Horsemanship Camp, riders learned how to lead their horse, played games on horseback, and decorated picture frames!

Hoffman has his first test ride at LiftMeUp!Hoffman is a Thoroughbred-Gypsy Vanner cross. You may have heard of the Thor...
06/14/2021

Hoffman has his first test ride at LiftMeUp!

Hoffman is a Thoroughbred-Gypsy Vanner cross. You may have heard of the Thoroughbred breed from horse racing, but have you ever heard of a Gypsy Vanner? This smaller draft breed was bred to pull a cart or caravan (hence the name "vanner")! Because of the Thoroughbred breed mixed in, Hoffman is a little taller than most Gypsy Vanner horses, standing at 16.2 hh. Hoffman's color pattern is called tobiano, a pinto pattern in which large splotches of dark color cover the flanks and neck.

At 20 years old, Hoffman has retired from his previous career of foxhunting with his owner, Lynn. That means that in his prime, he loved galloping at top speeds through the countryside, jumping over all kinds of natural obstacles! Now he is ready for a slower-paced lifestyle in retirement.

For the next several weeks, the instructors at LMU will be riding and handling Hoffman, exposing him to the different kinds of situations he might encounter at LiftMeUp in our therapeutic riding and wellness programs. As most horses do, we are expecting Hoffman will soon tell us whether he might enjoy life as a part of our herd at LMU!

Hoffman has his first test ride at LiftMeUp!

Hoffman is a Thoroughbred-Gypsy Vanner cross. You may have heard of the Thoroughbred breed from horse racing, but have you ever heard of a Gypsy Vanner? This smaller draft breed was bred to pull a cart or caravan (hence the name "vanner")! Because of the Thoroughbred breed mixed in, Hoffman is a little taller than most Gypsy Vanner horses, standing at 16.2 hh. Hoffman's color pattern is called tobiano, a pinto pattern in which large splotches of dark color cover the flanks and neck.

At 20 years old, Hoffman has retired from his previous career of foxhunting with his owner, Lynn. That means that in his prime, he loved galloping at top speeds through the countryside, jumping over all kinds of natural obstacles! Now he is ready for a slower-paced lifestyle in retirement.

For the next several weeks, the instructors at LMU will be riding and handling Hoffman, exposing him to the different kinds of situations he might encounter at LiftMeUp in our therapeutic riding and wellness programs. As most horses do, we are expecting Hoffman will soon tell us whether he might enjoy life as a part of our herd at LMU!

Yasmin and Maya are doing a great job practicing their 2-point over the ground poles!
06/12/2021

Yasmin and Maya are doing a great job practicing their 2-point over the ground poles!

Yasmin and Maya are doing a great job practicing their 2-point over the ground poles!

Address

9700 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, VA
22066

General information

Executive Director and Advanced Instructor-Georgia Bay Instructor-Jackie Collins Instructor Patti Dreyer Instructor-Atalanta Grant-Suttie Instructor-Christina Saunders And of course--Delfinia, Finn, Titan, Jax, Shimmy, Rocky, Tina, Jewel, Houston, and Mirabelle

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(703) 759-6221

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