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The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.

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Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
P.O. Box 146
Johns Island SC 29457

Tax ID/EIN: 57-0937061
Year Founded: 1991
Last Updated 2017-07-09

Public Charity

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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 utilizes another organization or organization(s) with direct responsibility 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:
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities at the area's oldest nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding center.

Horse-related programs:
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR) provides therapeutic horseback riding opportunities through three different programs: Individual Therapeutic Riding Instruction, Public School Outreach Program, and Veterans Program.<br />Individual Therapeutic Riding Instruction is open to children and adults with a disability. We serve a wide range of disabilities including: Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Prader-Willi syndrome, multiple neurodegenerative diseases, amputations, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and more.<br />The Public School Outreach Program provides therapeutic riding to students from self-contained special education classrooms from public schools in Charleston, Dorchester, or Berkeley County. Students participate in specific horse care and riding activities and interact with instructors, volunteers and other students in order to maximize the benefits of the therapeutic riding experience.<br />CATR's Veterans Program delivers horsemanship skills and therapeutic riding to veterans in the tri-county area in partnership with the Ralph H. Johnshon VA Medical Center and Crisis Ministries. We are very grateful to our veterans for their service to our country, and are excited for the opportunity to provide them with equine assisted activities and therapies.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Minimum Age: 13
Sidewalkers walk along students riding horses to provide stability and safety for children and adults with disabilities participating in therapeutic riding.

Minimum Age: 13
We have volunteers help with leading horses during therapeutic riding sessions. These volunteers must have previous horse experience and attend a two hour training at our facility.

Wish List Items

Vaulting Surcingle
We are in need of a vaulting surcingle for both our developmental vaulting and interactive vaulting programs.

We are in need of new breakaway (leather topped) halters for our school horses preferably in royal blue (CATR's color).

We are in need of new bridles in various sizes for our school horses.