Volunteering with Reins of Life has been an incredible experience. I have fallen in love with these kids, and am certain that in the end I am gaining more from them than they are from the program. When you see the looks on their faces when they get on their horse and begin to walk or trot, you'll understand. There is nothing better than being a part of that process.
I saw a child who couldn't walk,
sit on a horse, laugh and talk.
Then ride it through a field of daisies
and yet he could not walk unaided.
I saw a child, no legs below,
sit on a horse and make it go
through woods of green
and places he had never been
to sit and stare,
except from a chair.
I saw a child who could only crawl
mount a horse and sit up tall.
Put it through degrees of paces
and laugh at the wonder in our faces.
I saw a child born into strife.
Take up and hold the reins of life
and that same child was heard to say
Thank God for showing me the way
John Anthony Davies
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