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for information contact the Centre:
4356 Myrtle Avenue
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(Mailing address)
4356 Myrtle Avenue
Powell River, BC
V8A 0T2

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for information you can reach us here at the Centre located at 4356 Myrtle Avenue or call 604-485-0177
Click here to email us

(Mailing address)
4356 Myrtle Avenue
Powell River, BC
V8A 0T2

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facts and info about horse manure

Anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of the plant nutrients fed to animals are excreted in their manure, so it should be no surprise that the stuff is an excellent fertilizer.

It also improves the structure of soil. It contains both animal waste and plant material (such as straw or hay). In other words 'humus' which enables the soil to hold moisture and promote easier, healthier plant root growth. (H2G2)

It is actually far better (than chemical fertilizers) because it contains large amounts of organic matter, so it feeds and builds the soil while it nourishes the plants. This is one of the primary ways that organic fertilizers have a leg-up on chemical ones. Horse manure contains plenty of fibre, making it an excellent soil conditioner.

Horse manure is about half as rich as chicken manure, but richer in nitrogen than cow manure.

  • Manure is free of arena footing material; may contain small amounts of hay and/or bedding material
  • Age of manure varies from approximately one year to fresh (from yesterday)!
  • Manure is stored outside, covered; piles are added to daily
  • You must bring your own shovel – we do not have any
  • Manure is purchased here or at PRTRA at 4356 Myrtle Ave

$2 - $5 per tub, tote, bag or bin
$20.00 per small truck load
$30.00 per larger truck load

Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 2 pm

Call Centre if you have any questions at 604-485-0177

Pick Up Procedure:

  • Come into building – find Dusty or good substitute - to confirm you may drive in for pick up (just in case horses are around).
  • Pay
  • Scoop your Poop!

looking for a hall? book our arena!

Our facility including the arena and/or our building with great meeting spaces, full kitchen and 2 bathrooms is available for your meeting, wedding, or event.

Call us at 604-485-0177 or email for all the details!

requirements of riding

We have separate classes for pre-school and school-aged children, as well as adults. If you think Therapeutic Riding is for you, or someone you know, please call us at 604.485.0177.

Please note that at present there is a waiting list of people who meet the criteria to participate in the program. When a space becomes available it will be filled by an individual who has been assessed as having the greatest need, or who we believe would best fit the particular class that has a vacancy.

Our program operates from mid to late September and ends in mid-June. We follow the public school schedule, and there are no regular classes on holidays, professional development days, parent/teacher conference days and during the summer and spring break.

Criteria for participation in the School-Aged Children's Program:

  • Open to all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students with an identified disability - physical, sensory, emotional, behavioural or learning
  • Open to students from the school district, private schools or students who are home schooled
  • Referrals can come from school staff, physicians, parents, preschool physiotherapist and occupational therapist
  • All students must have a signed physician’s form and parent release agreement prior to participation in the program
  • School-aged program physiotherapist assesses students for suitability in the program and scheduling into an appropriate class in consultation with riding instructor/s
  • For safety reasons, students must weigh less that 180 lb to participate in the program

arena rules and policies

Revised indoor arena policies – will take effect immediately.

Please download pdf.

  1. All riders/users must have current Horse Council of BC membership; please remember to include your number on form. All numbers will be confirmed as current with HCBC.
  2. ALL USERS, INCLUDING COACHES must sign a liability waiver and hand in to PRTRA office (due September 1st annually). Please ensure your form is completed in full or it will not be accepted.
  3. Coaches must please provide a copy of current liability insurance policy to PRTRA ¬BEFORE teaching lessons in the indoor arena.
  4. ALL USERS, INCLUDING COACHES must maintain membership to PRTRA (due September 1st annually).
  5. Approved helmets must be worn at all times.
  6. Drop-in basis (1 hour maximum) – maximum of 4 horses / riders in the arena at one time.
  7. If you would like exclusive / private use, we require that you please reserve and pay in advance.
  8. No dogs in the arena at any time with the exception of guide dogs, special canine classes or events. (Please ensure you clean up after your pet while on the grounds).
  9. No lunging at any time under any circumstances – you may use the round pen at your own risk).
  10. No loose horses in the arena.
  11. No jumping.
  12. No gaming.
  13. No feeding horses in the arena.
  14. No smoking in or around the arena, the hay shed, the stable or the main building.
  15. No glass containers of any kind in the arena at any time.
  16. Please clean up after your horse, and be courteous and empty the arena wheelbarrow in the designated pile when it is full.
  17. In consideration of other users, please put away equipment if you take it out.
  18. Please take your garbage with you (Kleenex, water bottles, pop cans, papers, etc)
  19. Please turn off all of the lights.
  20. Please close and lock the doors.
  21. Please report any safety hazards or concerns immediately.
  22. Failure to follow any or all of the rules, may result in forfeiture of fees (individual, lessons, clinics, damage deposits, prepaid booklets, etc.), and/or loss of individual riding, group riding or coaching privileges.

six cool ways you can help

  1. Rent the hall or arena for your next event!
  2. Take your bottles to the Sunset Coast Bottle Recycling Depot and ask them to put the proceeds towards Powell River Therapeutic Riding.
  3. Ask Mitchell Brothers, Safeway, Save On Foods and Quality Foods how you can donate points or air miles to Therapeutic Riding.
  4. Bring your loose change into us to roll up and take to the bank.
  5. Donate $20 or more and we will issue a tax receipt for you to use on your tax return.
  6. Donate your Canadian Tire money to us – it’s used to purchase items for building maintenance, laundry, kitchen & bathroom supplies, etc.

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