Horse Donation

Thank you for your interest in donating a horse to Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization (ATRO).

ATRO is dependent on having good solid therapy horses for providing safe therapeutic riding opportunities to our clients. However, we are limited to the number of horses we can provide quality care for and due to the nature of the work, not all horses will make good therapy horses for ATRO.

Please take into consideration the following list of characteristics for a good therapy horse before contacting ATRO about donating your horse:

    • Between the ages of 8 and 15 years old
    • In the height range of 14 to 16 hands high
    • Sound for walk, trot and canter work
    • Experienced in high sensory environments and not reactive to sudden movements or sounds
    • Comfortable with unbalanced riders, and positional changes of riders
    • Happy to work in group environments surrounded by people and close to other horses
    • Comfortable standing still while tied for long periods, and while surrounded by people
    • Up to date on all vaccinations, deworming, receiving proper foot care and has a current negative Coggins

If, after reading the above list of attributes required for a potential ATRO horse, you still think your horse is a good candidate, the next step is to complete and print the PDF form and return it to ATRO via mail, email, or fax.


"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--