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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.

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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Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT)

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT)
8920 E. Woodland Rd.
Tucson AZ 85749

Tax ID/EIN: 86-0329294
Year Founded: 1974
Last Updated 2017-03-10

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:
Therapeutic Riding of Tucson enriches the lives of people with special needs by using equine-assisted activities and therapies to improve physical, mental, social, and emotional well being.

Horse-related programs:
1. Therapeutic Riding for Special Needs Children<br />TROT provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons for school-aged children with developmental and physical disabilities including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, hearing/vision impairments, autism, and other special needs. When a child enrolls in riding lessons at TROT, he or she is assessed and paired with a team consisting of an instructor, horse handler, volunteer side walkers, and a horse of appropriate size and temperament. Riding instruction is conducted once a week in groups and individually, with the aim of achieving both physical and emotional goals. In 2015, TROT served 188 children from all over the greater Tucson area. We receive referrals from our partner organizations including Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, elementary and middle schools, human service organizations, and health professionals. <br /><br />2. Heroes on Horses: Therapeutic Riding for Disabled Veterans<br />TROT's therapeutic riding program for veterans serves male and female veterans of all ages with disabilities such as spinal cord injury, amputated limbs, traumatic brain injury and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). TROT receives patient referrals from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System through the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic. Heroes on Horses has been in operation since 2006. In appreciation of their military service, TROT waives all fees for disabled veterans.<br /><br />3. Outpatient Pediatric Physical Therapy (Hippotherapy)<br />TROT's licensed therapist works in our on-site physical therapy clinic using hippotherapy, a treatment tool that utilizes equine movement. Hippotherapy and standard intervention strategies are combined to address and improve gross motor control, sensory integration, balance, postural control, and daily living skills.<br /><br />4. Counseling Services<br />TROT also offers a non-traditional form of counseling called Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. TROT's licensed mental health professional utilizes equine activities to help clients address a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, ADD, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

TROT Volunteer
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers are extremely important to the work of TROT. Each volunteer is trained to work directly with participants as a sidewalker or horse handler. Volunteers give moral and physical support to riders and enjoy the personal satisfaction of seeing each person's progress from week to week. Other volunteers help with fundraising, office duties, grounds maintenance, and the care of horses.

Wish List Items


Rakes, Hoes, Manure And Stall Forks

Office Supplies

Helmets (child And Adult)

Large Western Saddle For Veterans

Water Jet For Middle Of Arena

New Footing For Inside Arena
Chat, soft sand, or shredded tires

Arena Equipment
12-Foot PVC Poles
Colored traffic cones

Tall And Wide Horse Trailer

Shade Cover For Horseback Riding Arena