The TROT center is the only such facility in our county serving 30 families every week with over 2000 therapy sessions per year. But as the days of winter shorten, so do the available hours of therapy that can be provided. As summer’s heat pushes the mercury higher, the comfort level of our... Read More
The TROT center is the only such facility in our county serving 30 families every week with over 2000 therapy sessions per year. But as the days of winter shorten, so do the available hours of therapy that can be provided. As summer’s heat pushes the mercury higher, the comfort level of our special needs clients, most of whom are heat intolerant, makes therapy sessions less effective. With lighting and fans, our goal is to increase the availability of therapy sessions during the year, serving an additional 20-30 families with 600 therapy sessions.
At TROT, we have an outdoor riding arena, but each year we end up having to cancel almost 40% of our sessions due to rain or excessive heat. For working families and schoolchildren this interferes with their therapy schedules unless they can afford to take time off from work or school. Furthermore, we cannot accept new clients to our roster during certain times of the year due to long periods of rain, or months of 100-degree heat, thus turning away families requesting services. We need to be able to host our clients through the evening hours and despite weather conditions in order to address their needs and schedules. By building a roof and installing lighting and fans underneath it we can not only continue the therapy for our current clientele, but we can accommodate new families. This is expected to increase our overall capacity to 80 or more families per week.
We have contracted with a builder who will erect a steel roof 60x100 foot cover over an existing riding arena at his cost. He has procured assistance from a building supplier to provide materials for the project at 10% over cost. This has brought the total cost of the project from $75,000 down to $21,000. But we need help raising the funds to make this dream a reality.
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Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa
Marguerite Malone, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, has been active in NARHA, EFMHA, AHA and PATH for many years. A champion of the effectiveness of equine assisted therapies, she continues to promote this work as Clinical Director of Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa.
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