The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC) is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in southeast Longmont, Colorado devoted, since 1980, to serving children and adults with disabilities. As the oldest and largest therapeutic riding center in Colorado, and one of the largest in the nation, CTRC serves nearly 500 riders through our dynamic Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) services of consisting mainly of Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy and has an impressive work force of over 1,000 volunteers each year. In addition, CTRC’s Mini Trooper outreach program serves over 650 individuals a year.
At CTRC, not only are participants bodies nurtured but their minds and spirits as well. Our offered equine assisted therapeutic services are far more than a mere pony ride. Rather, they are a complex and exciting forms of interventions that produce tangible physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and educational benefits. We witness the profound, life enhancing benefits of equine assisted therapeutic services everyday and invite you to experience them yourself.
“I want to thank you, and all of CTRC, for what you have given my son. You helped him learn that even though he is often looked upon as ‘different’, he can dream his own dreams and accomplish whatever he sets his sights on.” – CTRC Rider Parent
What is CTRC’s Mission?
The mission of the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center is to change the lives of people with disabilities by promoting their physical, psychological and social well being through equine assisted activities.
What Does CTRC Accomplish within Our Community?
It takes team work to make the life changing work at CTRC happen. CTRC brings together an impressive combination of volunteers, donors, staff and horses to serve the special needs members of our community.
Who Does CTRC Serve?
CTRC serves children and adults with a wide range of special needs, such as cerebral palsy, autism and Asperger’s, developmental delays, sensory integration disorder, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, stroke, mental health issues and behavior challenges. Our youngest riders are 2 ½ and our oldest in their 90’s. Physicians, therapists, counselors, teachers, family members, and friends refer participants to CTRC. Participants may come to CTRC as individuals or as part of a school, recreation, therapy or other group. No clinical diagnosis is necessary to participate; however, participants must have a need for our specialized, therapeutic environment.
What Does a Premier Accredited Center Mean?
CTRC is proud to be distinguished as a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center. Only centers, like CTRC, that achieve the highest level of excellence in quality of service, program deliverables, and administration are recognized by PATH Intl. to be Premier Accredited Centers. As a Premier Accredited Center CTRC offers its clients:
- Assurance that safety is the utmost priority
- Goal orientated therapy programs and activities taught by PATH Intl Certified Riding Instructors
- PATH Intl educated and trained Instructors (All CTRC Instructors are at least PATH Intl Registered certified and educated on PATH Intl’s exacting programs and administrative standards)
- A chance to see what’s right for you – CTRC will gladly explain any of our services to you, extend an invite to tour the facilities and evaluate any potential participants