Appalachian Therapeutic Riding

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Founded in 1990


The Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center provides therapeutic horseback riding for persons with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities in a safe, structured environment.


ATRC is located on fifteen acres of land in the beautiful South Toe River Valley just outside of Burnsville, North Carolina. The program was founded in 1986 as a pilot program with a grant from Blue Ridge Mental Health and was incorporated as a non-profit, 501-3C in 1987.  It is currently funded by grants, donations, fees, and Mitchell County United Way.In 2006, ATRC became a premier accredited operating center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International or PATH.Instructors:  ATRC has two instructors fully certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.  In addition, physical, occupational, and speech therapists are often involved, either hands on in the program or as consultants.