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CHARLESTON AREA THERAPEUTIC RIDING INC
June 7, 2011

I learned about CATR Farms when I was looking for Non-profits in need of volunteers. I learned that my schedule just does not fit with their schedule of classes so volunteering has not been possible. However, they have several other ways to help support their efforts; the one I am most active with is the community lessons. Our tuition helps support the barn financially and as we all know every penny helps when it comes to non-profits.

While spending the last several months at the barn every Friday, I learned and witnessed what a special group of people run and teach at this barn. In addition to the horses; a mule, several cats, and a few dogs are roaming the grounds. It is clear how much these animals are treasured by all students, barn hands, teachers, etc. As for the whole purpose of CATR, the therapeutic riding, I cannot think of an environment so welcoming and accepting of ALL people. I had the pleasure of witnessing a young man make a huge step forward in his therapy by actually putting his leg over the horses back and eventually sitting for a few minutes. I was told by my trainer that when he first came to CATR, the therapists could not get him to even touch the horse. How AMAZING!!!!! During my volunteer training, I learned some of the success stories from CATR's therapeutic riding program which included students with speech issues learning to use their voices, student with touch issues learning that being touched is not a terrible thing, and students with various different physical disabilities developing their strength to various different levels.

The dedication of the team at CATR is unsurpassed and I am honored to have had the opportunity to meet these wonderful people and to be able to help support such a fantastic service.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

spending every week at the barn interacting with the trainers, barn hands, and operational people.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a single thing.

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

I was looking for non-profits in need of volunteers and found CATR through a volunteer match.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I ride in the community lessons program, I am trained as a volunteer to lead during the therapy lessons.