My son Jackson is 7 years old and has been riding with CATR for about 3 years. Jackson has Autism and communication has always been a weakness for him. Seeing my son interact with "Charlie" as well as Dee (his instructor) and the volunteers has been an amazing experience. He has a connection with these horses and these people that I don't see very often, and I am so thankful for all they have done for my son. His language is exploding, his core strength and balance are improving, and he even has a special song he sings to "his" horse at the beginning and end of each session, and that in and of itself is fantastic since he can speak very little. My heart felt love and appreciation goes out to everyone at CATR for all that they give, and all that they do.
Thank you so much Tanya! Jack is such a wonderful boy, and we have loved having him over the years.
I am a retired principal. I was able to receive therapeutic riding for my TMD students. I can tell a story of a miracle. One of my students could not sit up nor did she seem to react to any stimulus. The class went to their scheduled riding day and this student went for the first time. (some thought it would be pointless) . Teacher and I insisted that she go. She was placed on a horse, She sat up and then began stroking the horse's neck. This was the beginning of her new life.
Thank you so much for your words Ms. Sausser! We always enjoyed having your students come out to ride with us. We appreciate all you do to let others know about the services we can provide.
My daughter Peyton had her second lesson today. Peyton is my miracle baby. I never expected her to live, when she lived, I never thought she would walk, let alone ride a horse.
Peyton is drawn to these animals and looks forward to her lessons. The workout she gets is intense and wears her out. Peyton is engaged and focused on her therapy while riding Charlie her therapy horse. Her instructor Amanda is a perfect fit for peyton and understands her completely! I have no worries.
I am amazed by how many volunteers it takes to give this service to special needs children and I am grateful that Peyton has the opportunity to participate.
Thank you so much Beth! Peyton has been a wonderful addition to our program, and we love having her come out. Thank you for your support!
As an adult student taking lessons through the Community Lessons program at CATR, I have witnessed some of the beautiful work they do with our area schools and children. CATR farms management and staff have created an environment that hums with care, happiness, warmth and good intentions combined with skilled instruction. My lessons often coincide with the Therapeutic lessons and it has been a true pleasure witnessing the joy of the children playing and riding on the farm. I believe that this is a valuable resource to our community in that it offers a unique environment in which to heal. This doesn't just apply to the Therapeutic Riding students, but to anyone taking lessons at CATR! In my personal experience as a student at CATR, I have been able to diminish symptoms of my own in my struggle with PTSD. I have found that grooming the horses of CATR and riding once a week has greatly reduced the anxiety that comes along with dealing with traumatic experiences. I have been riding at other barns and I can attest to the fact that CATR's healing environment is not only unique, but also worthy of community support of any kind (donations, volunteers, lessons).
Thank you so much for sharing your experience here at CATR Farms. We are so glad you enjoy your time here.