• FAQs

    When does the next session start?

    NCTRC offers three riding sessions each year: spring, summer, and fall.


    For therapeutic riding services, participants can take private or group lessons using our indoor and outdoor arenas. Group classes are limited to four riders and grouped according to age and riding ability as much as possible. Private classes are offered in 30, 45, and 60 minute increments, depending on what is most appropriate for each client.


    For hippotherapy services, it is sometimes possible for us to accommodate clients starting mid-session, but not always. The length of each visit can range from 30 and 60 minutes.

    When are your lessons?

    We currently offer therapeutic riding and hippotherapy classes Monday - Thursday in the mornings and afternoons, and on Saturday mornings. Our classes start around 9:30 each morning and run until 8:00 in the evening. Most of our equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions are scheduled on Fridays.

    Do you offer financial assistance?

    We are committed to making participation in our programs available based on therapeutic need and regardless of financial means. For financial assistance, please download a financial assistance application.

    Who do you serve?

    The NC Therapeutic Riding Center exists to serve children and adults with social, physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities and challenges. Feel free to contact us with any further questions about our services.

    Who can attend camp?

    We welcome kids ages 5 - 12 with or without disabilities who want to enjoy a fun filled week of horses, crafts, and more! Children do need to be able to take care of their own hygiene needs, or come to camp with a personal care attendant.

    It's raining, do you still have classes today?

    Classes are cancelled occasionally due to extreme hot or cold temperatures, or nearby storms, but thanks to our wonderful covered arena, we are able to continue classes as scheduled in rain and most weather conditions. Cancellations are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the instructor and/or therapist, so if you have any questions, please call or text the farm number.


    Do you accept interns?

    Each year we offer a limited amount of internships for those interested in learning more about a therapeutic riding center. We often partner with local universities and regularly hire interns through the UNC APPLES program. While we support the need for growth and learning, we do have a limited staff and must consider internships on a case by case basis to ensure that we are able to provide adequate supervision and mentoring.


    If you would like to be considered for an internship, please e-mail us your current resume and an outline of your program/course requirements.


    Can I visit the farm?

    We would love to give you a tour of the farm, but we do ask that you schedule an appointment to ensure that we can respect the privacy needs of our clients.