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Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Children and Adults

Music Video by Julie Elliott

 

Benefits of Equine Therapy

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. Reins of Life works with people who have cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, Angelman syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, as well as those with learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments. We also work 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.

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

Donor Option Program of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania

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 25 years