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Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Equestrian, Health, Health Care, Patient & Family Support, Sports

Mission: Therapy for Disabled Children and Adults

Programs: Therapy using horses for disabled children and adults. Regular program operates five days per week for public school special education classes and private students.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the good fortune to observe the programs at CATR Farm on several occasions. CATR is a model of community service in action - in a unique and beautiful locale. Being in and around the CATR environment benefits anyone there, whether or not they have (clinically defined) special needs.

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CATR 06/28/2011

Thank you so much Grayson! We have always appreciated all the support you have given us! Thanks for the review!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful place! I have been working at CATR for almost a year now and hope to stay for many more! As one of the horse feeders i personally know that they take great care of all of the horses and riders, also being there i have seen so many children & adults blossom and glow when they are riding. CATR has such a wonderful program whether its the therapeutic, community or special events they take care of their students wonderfully!

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CATR 06/22/2011

Thank you Chelsea! We love you too! Thank you for taking such good care of our four legged friends!

Kelly R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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CATR 06/07/2011

Thank you so much Kelly for your kind words! The CATR Staff