CHARLESTON AREA THERAPEUTIC RIDING INC
June 22, 2011
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding has been instrumental in helping me steer my career in a new direction. When I moved South to Charleston about 3 years ago, I had quit my position in business world, and was on a mission to find a more meaningful occupation, ideally one which would allow me to positively impact the lives of others. I contacted CATR researching volunteer, or possible employment opportunities, and have been volunteering at CATR ever since. The staff is professional, courteous, creative and everyone goes the extra mile to accommodate the riders, volunteers and to make sure the horses are taken care of well. Through my volunteer work at CATR, and having made friends with several staff members who offered a wealth of advice, experience and ideas, I was inspired to explore the field of occupational therapy as a possible career choice. Seeing the riding instructors at CATR interact with the students, being able to help with the lessons, and part-taking in the sense of accomplishment and pride reflected on the riders' faces astride the horses have truly been a life-changing opportunity that this organization has afforded me. I am now enrolled at the Medical University of South Carolina in my second year of OT school. Thanks, CATR!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Please see my review above. I have seen riding students advance throughout CATR's sessions and become more confident, stronger and more independent riders. I have seen countless smiles, proud family members watching on the sidelines and special bonds being formed between horses and riders.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Get a covered riding arena to eliminate weather-related cancellations.
Volunteer & Assisted with horseback riding lessons.