C.A.R.T. (Charlottesville Area Riding
Therapy) is a non-profit organization devoted to bringing
therapeutic recreational horseback riding to children and adults with
disabilities in the Charlottesville Area.
Therapy disguised as fun.
Mounted on horseback, a person with a disability can actually feel what
their muscles should be doing if they were walking soundly on two legs.
The horse's walk and trot match the human stride, communicating that
motion to the rider's own uncertain muscles, nerves and brain.
Horses help physically because riding transmits the same
motion to the hips that we use when walking, stimulating the same
nerves and muscles. Horses also help emotionally because the riding
experience is an enormous confidence booster. It may be the first and
only opportunity for some children to reach out and touch someone.
WHO benefits from CART?
Children and adults with a range of special needs,
including autism, mentally challenged, cerebral palsy, ADHD, stroke,
muscular, neural and physical disorders, have been shown to benefit
from riding therapy.
HOW does CART work?
Riding is conducted under the supervision of a certified
PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship)
Instructor. From one to three volunteers are needed for each rider,
depending on the ability of the rider. There are four to five riders in
each class, which lasts about one hour. CART accepts riders from age 4
If you want to visit CART, please call first so that we can make sure
someone is at the barn to meet you.
5924 Fried Farm Road
Crozet, Virginia 22932
Phone: (434) 823-1178
Fax: (434) 823-6688