REINS -Therapeutic Horsemanship Brings Joy, Empowerment, and Confidence to Children and Adults with Disabilities
REINS (Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs & Strengths) Therapeutic Horsemanship Program provides therapeutic riding activities to disabled children and adults in Southern California. Founded in 1984, the mission of the organization is to support the physical, mental, and emotional health of disabled children and adults with therapeutic horse related programs.
REINS, located in Fallbrook, CA provides therapeutic riding to over 200 disabled children and adults weekly from all over San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. Annually over 8,000 lessons are provided. Students range in age from 2 to 90 and the organization is proud to serve a variety of disabilities, including ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, PTSD, Brain Injuries, Autism, and Paralysis. Autism is the number one disability that served at REINS
Growing amounts of evidence show that therapeutic horsemanship has many benefits, including better use of limbs, stronger speaking ability and respiration, improved balance and coordination, increased motor skills, and increased self-esteem.
“Everyday at REINS we see the changes that this program makes in the lives of our students and their families”, says Deborah Shinner, Executive Director.” Here is a story from one of our REINS mothers about the effects of riding on her daughter.”
“My daughter, Raelynn, has been riding at REINS for the past three years. Rae has suffered from PTSD for years. Before she came to REINS, she was unable to socially function in outside settings such as school or doctor appointments. The team at REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program has helped Rae grow into a secure and confident nine-year-old. She can now look people in the eye and shake their hand. Rae can also now hold a conversation with both kids and adults.”
Corporate Giving Partnerships is committed to bringing our readers and clients quality volunteering opportunities. REINS relies heavily on volunteers to help keep their program running efficiently; they are the heartbeat of this life-changing program.
More than 500 volunteers deliver 20,000+ hours of service each year to REINS and the organization is always happy to have people to help. No horse experience is required-there are many jobs at the ranch to keep volunteers busy. Volunteers are used in lessons as side walkers and horse leaders. They also help in the barn area to help tack and groom horses and assist in special events.
REINS has some exciting community events coming up in the next few months. Come as a guest- or learn more about working as a volunteer.
October 14, 2017 – join the Annual Country Hoedown. This magnificent community event draws over 800 guests. Among the many festivities, guests will enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner, live entertainment by The Clay Colton Band, a silent auction, carnival game area, and riding demonstrations by REIN’s very own riders!
On May 5, 2018. REINS will host Horses, Hats, & Hope, A Kentucky Derby Party. Attendees will enjoy catered southern fare, mint juleps, a bourbon bar, race day raffles and live Jumbotron screening of the Kentucky Derby. Win, Place and Show prizes for each race and awards for Best Hat and Best Dressed Gent.
Tickets and Sponsorships are still available for both events online at www.reinsprogram.org or call Kim at 760.731.9168.