The Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization is currently accepting applications for students. Classes for the fall semester will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Cherokee Ridge Equine Center.

Students are referred to our program by health, educational, and other professionals, as well as our current students. Each rider has a lesson plan based upon his or her particular challenge, treatment plan, and/or Individual Educational Plan (IEP). These lesson plans are used to attain each rider's individual goals. As our riders progress, the lesson plan grows to include new skills and goals.

Please call us at (337)988-4444 for more information; fees are $30 per lesson, $180 for the full six-week session.

"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--