Equine Welfare Network Messenger

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We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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.

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.

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Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center
176 Chimney Ridge
Burnsville NC 28714

Physical Address:
299 Riding Center Rd.,Burnsville,NC 28714

Tax ID/EIN: 56-1530138
Year Founded: 1986
Last Updated 2017-08-31

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 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 challenges in a safe, structured 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

Feed And Hay
Triple Crown Senior
Triple Crown Lite
Carb Care Senior Feed
Horse Treats
High Quality Hay

Hay And Feed
Carb Care Senior Feed

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.