Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association (KTRA) formed in 1988, we are a non-profit charitable organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with disabilities.
In addition to our programs for people with physical and psychological disabilities, KTRA has been offering equine assisted therapy lessons to youth at risk in our community.
Therapeutic riding has numerous positive physical effects for those who participate in our programs, using the horse as a means of influence. There are as well many mental and emotional benefits of riding including increased self-esteem, improved concentration and improvement in socialization skills.? Horses elicit a wide range of emotions and behaviors in people of all ages, because they are prey animals they are supremely sensitive to body language, tone and touch. At the same time horses are large, powerful animals that follow quiet, strong leadership.
What People Are Saying
"To create opportunities for personal growth, healing, and connection through a shared experience with horses.
— Our Mission , Read More
"Riding horses at the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Centre makes me feel brave and confident."
— Elizabeth, age 10, Read More
"The smiles on their faces really says it all! We had people that very rarely would smile and they were observed smiling throughout the program. The horses bring a real sense of calm and meaning to their lives."
— Monica Boyer, Recreation Therapist
"Physically, she has gained strength in her core and legs and this has resulted in improved posture and endurance. Mentally and emotionally, she has gained confidence from being able to control such a large animal and make it respond to her commands. "
— Karen, Parent of a Rider