CanTRA was founded in 1980. The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is a registered charity that promotes challenge, achievement and empowerment for children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse. CanTRA also provides education and instructor certification.
There are now 80 plus member centres across Canada providing high quality therapeutic, recreation, life skills and sport programs. CanTRA is a member of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) and is recognized as the only governing body for therapeutic riding Canada. Each member centre offers a program with a slightly different focus and many medical professionals work with CanTRA to ensure excellence in service delivery. Some centres may offer physical therapy with the therapist using the horse’s movements to influence the body of the rider (Hippotherapy). The majority of centres focus on therapeutic riding to provide socialization. recreation, interaction of clients and horses, and the care of the horse. In addition several of the centres provide life skills training, rehabilitation and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.