North West Therapeutic Riding Center NWTRC

Norwegian Fjord from NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center Is Chosen Prestigious “Equine of the Year” by NARHA.

Linked with North American Riding for the Handicapped Association NARHA.

The NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit accredited riding program, provides therapeutic horseback riding to people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. The NWTRC is dedicated to enriching the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of our riders and their families in an environment which is safe, nurturing, challenging, and fun … (about 1/2).

Riding as Therapy; The horses; Personnel; Volunteers; Board; Events; Calendar; Donations;
Address: NWTRC, 1884 Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, USA;

About 2/2: … The NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center (NWTRC) is a non-profit NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) center, located in Whatcom County, in Western Washington.  

The center follows stringent NARHA guidelines regarding its personnel, facilities, animals and paperwork. There is strict adherence to the highest national standards of safety of its riders.

Association with NARHA bestows program legitimacy and credibility to the NWTRC. A NARHA server provides discounted specialized insurance, as well as sets guidelines for the Center’s program. It does not, however, provide financial assistance. In fact, NWTRC pays over $1000 to NARHA annually to maintain its association.

The NWTRC was established in 1993 as a 501(c) (3) to provide therapeutic horseback riding activities for mentally, physically and emotionally challenged children and adults in Whatcom County.

The NWTRC currently has the capacity to serve up to 32 riders per week. Participants include individuals with autism, Down Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, brain injuries, and learning/behavior disabilities. Riders have ranged in age from 2 to 74.

Each of the NWTRC’s participants receives an individually tailored lesson plan that gears their riding session toward achieving a specific therapeutic goal. Each session involves a certified riding instructor. For each individual up to four volunteers may be needed to serve as horse leaders, rider sidewalkers and assistants. Group lessons often require up to 12 volunteers per session.

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