Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is seeking a Part-Time Therapeutic Riding Instructor to join our expanding Adaptive Riding program. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team of 12 therapeutic riding instructors at a PATH Intl Premier Accredited Riding Center.

Please review the job description below and submit your resume to

Job Description

The Therapeutic Riding Instructor is responsible for teaching adaptive riding activities, following standards for safety and providing quality service. S/he will may also provide long lining for the Hippotherapy program, and schooling horses.

The Therapeutic Riding Instructor will operate under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for independent judgment and actions in assigned instructional and student matters. S/he will report to the Part-Time Instructor Manager, or the Adaptive Services Director.

 Specific activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching therapeutic riding lessons (including Saturdays)

  • Long lining for hippotherapy treatments

  • Schooling horses each week

  • Ensures that rider files are always up to date and accurate, as well as rider notes and schooling notes

  • Writing behavior reports as needed

 Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related field preferred or a minimum of two years related work experience

  • PATH International Registered Instructor Certification or demonstrated progress toward completion

  • Minimum two years of riding and horsemanship experience

  • A minimum of one year experience work with people and disabilities

  • U. S. Citizen or valid resident/ work permit

  • Valid driver's license

  • Must pass a Washington State Criminal History background check

 Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Knowledge of PATH standards and ability to ensure compliance

  • Background in horseback riding and knowledge of horse care, USPC rating of B or higher

  • Dressage and balance seat background desirable

  • Excellent verbal and good written communication skills

  • Ability to set priorities, organize and manage diverse activities and meet deadlines

  • Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired result

  • CPR/ AED/First Aid certification


  • Ability to make good decisions based on wisdom, experience and judgment

  • Opportunity to act independently within program goal

  • Demonstrate common sense, flexibility and teamwork

  • Act as a resource for others

  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive and private information


  • Manages risk responsibly, assesses consequences or decisions prior to action

  • Utilizes knowledge and creativity in developing progressive lesson plans


  • Strong and clear communication skills

  • Ability to build constructive and effective relationships internally and externally

  • Ability to maintain composure under pressure

 Working Conditions/Physical  Effort

  • Requires moderate to strenuous physical exertion and/ or physical strain

  • Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs

  • Assist riders weighing up to 190 lbs with mounts and dismounts

  • Involves occasional exposure to disagreeable weather conditions

  • Requires occasional long hours, evening and weekend work

  • Walk 5-8 miles per day over uneven surfaces

  • Ride horses for 30-45 minutes (1 per day minimum)


Little Bit is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.