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Looking for a Unique Volunteer Opportunity?

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Reins of Life is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist children and young adults during their riding therapy. Riders range in age from 2-25, with varied disabilities.

Volunteers are needed to assist in these ways:

  • Assisting Instructor during therapeutic riding session
  • Leading the horse
  • Side Aiding (walk alongside horse to offer rider support)
  • Grooming Horses
  • Tacking horses
  • Cleaning tack
  • Helping with special events; horse shows, presentations, parades

Our immediate volunteers needs are for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturday's from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm - scheduling is flexible. Our therapeutic riding program is open to our clients from March through November. For more information, or to volunteer please call Judy Freedman Hendrickson, Founding Director at 610-274-3300 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteers are the backbone of Reins of Life’s program. Therapeutic riding is extremely labor intensive and ROL depends largely on community and family volunteers to conduct safe and enjoyable lessons. Like our students, our helpers come in all shapes and sizes, with diverse backgrounds and experience.

Under the supervision of ROL instructors, volunteers assist in lessons, care for program horses, and help with special events. Our volunteers help students groom and tack, lead a horse through a lesson, or walk alongside a horse and rider.

Though many volunteers have previous experience with horses or working with people with disabilities, no experience is required. What we value most in our volunteers is dependability, the desire to learn and pitch in as part of a team.

Reins of Life volunteers can be a minimum age of 14 years old, providing they have an extensive riding background and able to work with minimal supervision. Otherwise our volunteers are 16 and above with no previous horse experience. However, experienced horse handlers are always surely welcomed.

We ask that our volunteers select a day and time each week or every other week when they can come regularly and give us a couple of hours. Our regular volunteers get to know our students, our horses and staff, and become valuable members of our team.

We conduct volunteer orientation & training sessions throughout the year and require that interested volunteers attend. Staff and seasoned volunteers will provide on-the-job training during the sessions..

I Saw A Child

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
used with prior permission of the author

What makes Reins of Life Unique for Equine Therapy?

  • Reins of Life launched its therapeutic riding program in 1993, becoming one of the first of its kind in Chester County.
  • 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 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