Ontario therapeutic riding centre brings smiles to children, youth and adults with disabilities. #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Lynn Hallbrooks, Michelle WallaceSylvia Stein,  Belinda Witzenhausen and myself, Sylvia McGrath. For more information on how to join this blog fest please click here!  #WATWB is also looking for members to join us as co-hosts. If you are interested please drop us a line here!

Professor Owl’s newsletters have always tried to bring news with regards to children, youth and adults with special needs.  Most years we have also shared information on summer camps and other organisations where they are able to experience and enjoy activities they never dreamed they would be able to do.  Our #WATWB post this month is about one such organisation:


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Program & Riders

The CARD therapeutic riding program is offered through three sessions each year: Fall, Winter, and Spring.

CARD also offers a summer program. Details for the Summer Program will be released in Winter

  • Year-round at CARD’s facility in G. Ross Lord Park
  • 6 days a week
  • Four sessions each year (Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Camp program)
  • The Fall, Winter & Spring sessions are 9-12 weeks long.
  • The Summer Program is 6 weeks long.
  • Each class is 30-60 mins long, depending on class type

All clients are assessed by CARD staff prior to program placement. The cost of the assessment is $100. Once the client is assessed, he or she is placed into the appropriate program class. Please click here for new rider inquiries.


  • All riders are assessed by the CARD staff prior to entering the program to ensure appropriate program fit
  • There is no age restriction for CARD riders – riders can be as young as 4
  • There is a weight restriction of 160 lbs for riders with no physical impairments. Riders with balance or motor control challenges will be assessed on a case-by-case basis for participation in mounted programs.
  • The cost to maintain one therapy horse for a year (including maintenance, veterinary and farrier expenses, equipment, food) is approximate $9000
  • The cost for one rider to participate in a session is more than $1500
  • Each rider pays $570 – $870 per session – CARD fund-raises to subsidize the remaining funds


To improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities through quality therapeutic riding programs.

Looking for gifts in kind. If you would like to support CARD through donations of items, we would be glad to accept. Please take a look to see what we are currently accepting.


How to reach us

Phone: 416-667-8600
Fax: 416-739-7520

4777 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON
M3H 5T3

General Email:

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Sylvia McGrath ~ AKA Writingmama, a freelance writer from King City, Ontario has worked in the business field for about forty years obtaining business management experience and business writing skills. She also spent several years in social work for Children’s Services. Now retired is living her childhood dream of being a writer. A few years ago Sylvia decided to take a course in freelance writing, which she really enjoyed as it was the key to follow her dreams. Since completing the course, she has worked as a professional writer, a published poet and co-authored a book with Two Maximum Life Coaches about living with chronic illness; this is titled After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond.” She also co-authored an E-Book of Resources for the parents of children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges titled “The Treasure Chest of Resources,” part-one has already been sent to the Canadian National Library Archives. Sylvia has also written several articles on chronic illness for the following online sites. •www.suite101.com/profile.cfm/writingmama •www.helium.com/users/32475 •www.jacketflap.com/profile.asp?member=Writingmom Besides working as a freelance writer, Sylvia still finds time for two other passions of hers; to volunteer as a literacy tutor for her local Learning Centre, and assist in facilitating of workshops on disability awareness. Her main mission for the future is to write a series of books for young adults and children who have learning challenges and suffer chronic illness. At present she is also the co-owner and columnist for “Professor Owl’s Newsletter” which is published on-line monthly for children.

16 thoughts on “Ontario therapeutic riding centre brings smiles to children, youth and adults with disabilities. #WATWB

  1. I hope others will see the video on this post and decide this is a program they can get behind whether financially or “in-kind”. Thanks for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB

  2. Hi Sylvia – what an inspiring video – lovely to watch … and if I was near Ontario … I’d be over. Loved seeing the children, the volunteers, the participants and the joy you bring to them all. We have Riding for the Disabled here … and giving people the chance to be with horses, gives them another dimension to their lives – thanks so much – cheers Hilary

  3. Oh what a heart-warming story! What is a gift this program is to everyone who gets to participate, and I love what one of the volunteers said about receiving as much as she gives. Perfect!

    Thanks for bringing CARD to our attention Sylvia, and thanks for co-hosting WATWB this month.

  4. What a wonderful program that brings riders and horses together. I can see how the horse riding experience could add something special to a person’s life. Amazing how many different ways people find to help others.

  5. Thanks Sylvia, wonderfully inspiring and affirming post! Anyone getting in touch with animals and nature will benefit and it is wonderful to know that those with disabilities really really do …

  6. I’ve loved horses all my life and believe they are so much smarter than people give them credit for. To me, horses, dogs, and cats are the perfect therapy animals. They have a long history with humans and a unique relationship with us. It’s wonderful to see just how much benefit that relationship with horses can provide for people who need it. Thanks for posting this story and info. Cinda

  7. What a lovely post Sylvia. It is nice to be co-hosting with you as well. What an inspiring post about how those with disabilities can enjoy riding horses and being able to benefit from it in an inspiring way. Such a beautiful post.

    • Thank you Sylvia it was nice to be co-hosting with you to. I hope we are able to do it again. Children with special needs was one of the reasons I started writing, It is amazing to see them enjoying some of the activities children with good health can do. It gives them a sense of achievement.

      • Your welcome Sylvia. It was amazing co-hosting with you as well. What a beautiful post and I believe children with special needs are so amazing and yes I agree it is amazing to see them enjoying the same activities as the other children do. Lovely post!

  8. What a fabulous program. Here in Curaçao they do therapy with dolphins, and I’ve been a witness to the miracle. People from Europe (Holland and Germany, mostly, but also UK, Spain, France, Sweden, etc.) come back year after year for a two- or three-week-long therapy for their kids with disabilities, and it’s truly helped to change their lives. Though it’s not surprising… those of us who work with animals know all too well the positive impact they have on us (if we let them).

    Great post! And thanks for co-hosting this month’s #WATWB 🙂
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

    • Thank you Gulie I would love to see the therapy with dolphins too, animals certainly do give a positive impact on us. Everyone works so hard at getting this Blog Fest going, I just love to be able to contribute when I can.

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