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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
  • Horseback Riding
Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Physical Therapists, Doctors, Psychologists, Special Education Teachers
  • Staff Certification:Certified Instructors

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is a non-profit (501c 3) organization established in 1991 to serve individuals with a wide variety of disablilities and conditions. We provide quality therapeutic horseback riding programs in a safe and enjoyable environment to improve and build upon the abilities of our students.

CATR offers programs one-on-one or in small groups Tuesday through Saturday. We have several classes on Saturdays and weekday afternoons. In addition to private and hippotherapy students, CATR provides classes to special education students from area public schools.

Developmental Vaulting - This is a developmental approach that follows a sound developmental sequence of movement exploration on top of the horse. This may include movement transitions between prone, side-sit, kneeling, four point, half-stand, and standing on the horse. It is designed to address the cognitive, perceptual and motor needs of children with a variety of physical disabilities.

Hippotherapy - Hippotherapy is the use of the horse's movement as a treatment tool by a licensed health professional. CATR Therapy Services offers physical therapy using Hippotherapy. This is direct therapy service and may therefore be reimbursed through most insurance.

Remedial Riding - Traditional horseback riding skills are taught with the goal of improving behavior, socialization, perceptual-motor, and cognitive skills. Usually a saddle is used in Remedial Riding, but a bareback pad and surcingle may be used depending on individual abilities.

Sports Riding -The goal in Sports Riding is to teach traditional horseback riding skills for the purpose of sport and/or recreation. Equipment is adapted to individual needs, and instruction is therapeutically based but with the emphasis on acquiring enough skill to enjoy the sport of horseback riding.