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Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Children and Adults

Under the supervision of trained personnel, Reins of Life develops the most beneficial therapeutic riding program to meet the needs and goals of our riders. Carefully trained horses, special equipment and procedures are used to ensure each rider's safety. The therapeutic qualities of horseback riding are recognized by many medical professionals, including the American Physical therapy Association, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Studies have demonstrated that children and adults with special needs benefit from therapeutic horseback riding. Reins of life works with people who have cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, Angel man syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, as well as those with learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments.

Equestrian therapy helps with a wide range of life challenges, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), anxiety, behavioral issues, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

Reins of Life Needs Your Help! 

Our beloved therapy horse Skylar recently underwent emergency surgery for severe colic. Thankfully, despite a long and difficult recovery period, he is on the mend and ready to serve our very special riders later this spring. We are all so relieved and grateful! And we couldn’t have done it without the help of his excellent doctors and our many loyal volunteers.

However, Reins of Life is now facing enormous medical costs from this crisis. Every dollar we must pay toward these unexpected bills takes away from our ability to serve the special needs community with the services we provide at our non-profit organization. We are asking for your much-needed support with a special GoFundMe campaign. Any amount helps and will make such a difference. Thank you for any assistance you can provide and please spread the word!

See our campaign. 

Boots and Bow Ties

Come join the fun! A benefit is being held for Reins of Life at Vicmead Hunt Club. Enjoy the evening while you bid on our many fine gifts at our "live" and "silent" auctions. This year's donation list promises to be even more exciting. Save the date for Saturday, October 7th, 2017.

I Saw A Child

 

isawachildI 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
used with prior permission of the author

Reins of Life, Inc.

1993-2017

Incorporated in 1993 as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, Reins of Life proudly celebrates 24 years of service to children and adults with special needs as well as life challenges throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond.                                                                                 

Founding Director: Judy Freedman Hendrickson
113 Crestwood Road
Landenberg, PA 19350
Phone: 610-274-3300
Mobile: 610-724-5305
info@reinsoflife.com

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Reins of Life is a recipient in the Donor Option Program of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Donors can designate a gift to Reins of Life through the United Way, specifying "Specific Care Option" -  #5089 Reins of Life.

Please contact your employer and find out if your company participates in the Donor Option Program of United Way. Be sure to specify United Way of Southeastern PA, along with the Reins of Life donor code number #5089 so that your funds will be delegated to Reins of Life. Donations through United Way outside of Southeastern PA, can also be made, as long as mention of SE PA, and our code number are clearly specified.

What makes Reins of Life Unique for Equine Therapy?

  • Reins of Life launched its therapeutic riding program in 1993, becoming one of the first Chester County programs of its kind.
  • Our Chester County program exclusively serves children and adults with special needs as well as life challenges.
  • Our special equestrians never age-out of our riding program.
  • Reins of Life reached a significant milestone in it's organization acquiring it's own property, our "forever home" in Landenberg, PA.
  • Our property borders 3 states within 10 minutes of each other... PA, MD, DE
  • Reins of Life offers a "Sibling Riding" program
  • Celebrating 24 years