About Us


Proven to increase mobility, balance, motor coordination, and emotional well being, Therapeutic Riding has produced outstanding results and often has been successful when other modalities have failed. Therapeutic riding can help a wide range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down’s syndrome, ADHD, autism, stroke, accident and other challenges, whether physical, mental, or emotional. Participants benefit from the multi-dimensional movement of the horse; balance, coordination, mobility, posture and strength are improved.

Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization (ATRO) is a 509(a)2 nonprofit organization, established in 1984, which promotes the rehabilitation of individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities through equine facilitated activities. The center is currently located at Bill and Mary Langford’s Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm, in Carencro, Louisiana.  ATRO’s instructors are all certified by NARHA and are all Certified in first aid and CPR. The center is fully insured.

Our volunteers have professional backgrounds including medical doctors, nurses, veterinarians, licensed mental health counselors, teachers, physical therapists, occupational and speech therapists, university students, as well as members of the community at large.

Our motto is "Hoofprints to Healing."


"At Cherokee Ridge"

  Sometimes at night

 When dust and gravel

 Sift through my brain

 I go to Cherokee Ridge

 Where the sun basks

 On women who get up close,

 Dip into pots

 And smear pictures

 On live horses,

 The colors blooming on

 The backs of horses

 The colors blooming out

 Of fingers

 In Rosie's mane

 I am in my granddaughter's hair

 Smoothing out tangles

 Minding the brushstrokes

 Flowers here are lifted

 Freed from their cases

 We set them in warm beds.

 We comb until something blossoms

 Debra Bailey--