Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center
176 Chimney Ridge
Burnsville NC 28714

Tax ID/EIN: 56-1530138
Year Founded: 1986
Last Updated 2016-04-21

Public Charity

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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center provides therapeutic horseback riding to persons with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities in a safe, fun environment.

Horse-related programs:
Therapeutic horseback riding, ground lessons, horse related classroom lessons and work projects. ATRC is now offering a jobs training program for young adults with developmental disabilities.

Non-horse-related programs:
Not applicable.

Volunteer Opportunities

Facility Help
Minimum Age: 14
There are lots of jobs on the farm. We need help with maintaining fence lines, mowing, cleaning and organization, repairs, office work, etc.

Side Walkers
Minimum Age: 14
Side walkers are trained to walk along side riders who need physical or learning support during their riding session. Volunteers generally sign up for a once a week 8-week session.

Minimum Age: 14
Leaders are volunteers who have horse knowledge and are trained by an ATRC instructor to lead horses during sessions. Most leaders sign up for a once a week 8-week session.

Wish List Items

Medications And First Aid
ATRC uses older horses. These horses have special needs to keep them healthy. Prascend, nutritional supplements, wormer, etc. are all needed.

Classroom Supplies
Horse related games and activities that can be used in the classroom.

Hay And Feed
High quality hay.
Purina Equine Senior Feed.
Triple Crown Light.
Horse treats.