When you are in Tucson, whether it is to visit for a couple of days or are there as a snowbird, take a few minutes and go visit TROT. This organization has a mission of “Enriching the lives of people with special needs by using therapeutic, equine programs to: Improve physical, mental, social and emotional well being; Recognize each individual’s abilities and foster achievement; Provide educational, recreational and vocational opportunities; and Provide direct therapy services by licensed medical professionals.”
Come out and see the wonders that a relationship between a rider, whether it is a child or an adult, and the horse can have on turning a rather difficult time in life into something wonderful. The specially trained horses are “in tune” with the needs of the rider and respond in a manner that you will have to see to believe.
Did you know that the movement of a horse is similar to the movement of the human muscles? By riding a horse those that are receiving treatment at TROT have their muscles stimulated in a manner that makes the muscles stronger and responds to the brain waves even when the person is not riding. What a blessing!
Some of the areas that are involved are balance, strength and coordination with result in increased mobility, independence, and overall function. Children and adults with cerebral palsy, development delay, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, emotional disabilities, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, hearing,vision impairments, autism and other special needs can all benefit from equine programs.
TROT offers tours of the facilities as well as lectures on the program. The staff, board of directors, administration staff and volunteers that make Trot the success it is wish you would come and see the beautiful setting, the remarkable work and fall in love with the work they are doing.
Location: 8920 E Woodland Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749 (located on the Northeast side of town where
the cross roads of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway intersect,
on the secluded Woodland Road running along side
of the winding Tanque Verde wash)
Phone: 520-749-2360 Please call or email to visit.