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 has worked 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 wide range of life challenges, which could include depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attendtion deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), anxiety, behavioral issues, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
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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