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Mission: To provide a safe, healing and empowered path to peace, positive growth and self-guided recovery for those suffering trauma and loss with the assistance of horses as our guides. Spring Reins of Life is dedicated to promoting psychological healing, emotional well-being and personal growth using the skills of mental health professionals and the assistance of horses. For thousands of years there has been a unique bond between humans and horses, it is our mission to enhance and leverage this bond to reach those individuals who are suffering from the effects of trauma, loss, drug addiction and/or the combined stressors and obstacles set forth by either circumstance or societal confines. Spring Reins of Life is an EAGALA Model certified program which provides EAP and EAL services to at risk / high risk youth, military veterans with PTS/TBI and their families, bereaved children and addiction recovery. All of our services are provided for no cost or very low cost based on public and private tax deductible donations awarded to our programming.

Target demographics: At Risk / High Risk Teens, PSTD Veterans and Families and Children in Bereavment

Direct beneficiaries per year: 180 PTSD hospitalized veterans with PTSD, 58 at risk teens from New Jersey, and 15 young children who are grieving a loss in their life. We have interest to do much more but seek the funding to continue and expand this work.

Geographic areas served: Central New Jersey

Programs: EAP (equine assisted psychotherapy) under the international EAGALA Model. Spring Reins of Life is the first program in NJ to earn the "EAGALA Military Services Provider Certification" and also was just awarded a pilot contract from the state to work with the NJJJC. Ground based interactions with horses with the guidance of certified and licensed mental health professionals can provide an alternative and experiential (solution focused) way to resiliency in trauma without having to "talk about it".

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few months ago I became a volunteer for Spring Reins of Life. This amazing Nonprofit works with our US veterans and children who benefit from one of the most powerful healing beings we've been blessed with. Horses! Recently I was able to see for myself the direct, positive effect this has on those in need of a peaceful, safe and healing environment through the direct connection with these magnificent horses. I am so fortunate to have the chance to be a small part of Spring Reins of Life!

Jessica299

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this program since April this year and have been nothing short of blessed in every way. I may be the volunteer but I am benefiting from my involvement more than I could ever repay in work. It is therapeutic for me just to be around CC and her healing herd, so I feel honored to contribute in a small way to the success of a program that helps such deserving groups humanity. our youth and our veterans deserve our best and SROL is among the high quality of services that we should provide to our fellow humans suffering from the darker sides of humanity. Thank you CC and the Herd for being such a beautiful source of healing light in this world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5



Spring Reins of Life is a wonderful organization with whom to work. CC and the other volunteers were great and really pulled together to make events succesful and fun! I'm so glad I got to be a part of different aspects of the organizaton, from big fundraising events, to session demos, to helping with horse management. As someone in the veterinary field, I'm honored to have been able to help the Herd: the most amazing, gentle, wise group of animals I've ever has the pleasure of working with. Through Spring Reins of Life, the work CC and the Herd do is so important, and I hope she continues to make a positive difference in the lives of those that need and extra nuzzle from a fuzzy muzzle!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization makes such a difference in the lives of its clients. I have been on the At-Risk Youth Advisory Board for only a short period of time but it's something that I am so passionate about already. Talk therapy does not work for everyone and that is why the horses become great therapeutic tools in the lives of so many. You cannot hide emotions with these horses because they have the ability to mirror you, which helps clients to be true with how they really feel. They are truly amazing, healing animals.

4 Danny24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to SRoL about 3 or 4 years ago. As a singer/songwriter and activist I have shared songs of mine that relate directly to our U.S. Veterans over the years to many non-profit organizations. I have also shared my heart and soul and continue to do so for the plight of our veterans is very near and dear to me as I continue to advocate for them.

Christianna Capra (CC) reached out to me when she heard that I was a singer/songwriter who advocates for our veterans and asked if I would perform at a fundraiser for SRoL. Well needless to say, I accepted the invitation with an open heart and mind. I was so curious to see and learn how these beautiful animals could help our veterans struggling with PTSD as I was not familiar with Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at that time. I immediately became close friends with CC as the passion and love that she shows for her horses and the veterans they're helping is contagious. I have spoken to many veterans who have benefited from spending time with these horses and they all share the same love for the service and especially the horses. We all know and see that the suicide rate for veterans has been climbing steadily for years now. I'm here to say that EAP WORKS! If you know of a veteran who is struggling PLEASE SEND HIM OR HER TO SRoL!.

Since that initial fundraiser I consider myself a member of the SRoL family as I've taken part in many of their events and fundraisers that have followed. CC's team of volunteers all share that same passion that she has and it's a such a heartwarming treat to see people who care so much about helping other people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am United state veteran that has attended this program and I can honestly can say that this program and these people and horses have helped me immensely more so then the VA offers. They have shown me a better way if life through the passion of horsemanship. They have given me a hope fora better tomorrow despite the trauma I have suffered in combat and think these people and horses as well as the sponsors them to be able to continue their work to help other fellow veterans like myself

5 Allison65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s a long story how I found myself here, but I knew after that first volunteering day with Spring Reins of Life in April 2015 I wanted to come back. I was immediately drawn to the story of how SRoL came to be, the herd, the humans, and the client groups served. I felt that something special was happening here and I was eager to be a part of it. I believe animals posses tremendous healing qualities but these horses take that to levels that blow my mind. How they know what to do for these clients in each situation is nothing short of amazing and magical in my opinion. These sessions are impacting the clients on the deepest level, truly changing their lives and helping them grow and heal. It doesn’t get any better than that. The bigger this group gets the more clients can be served. I feel honored and lucky to be part of the SRoL volunteer corps in raising awareness for this important work, to help care for this very special herd and be surrounded by amazing passionate people.

4 Kristin R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Spring Reins of Life for almost four years. The work the horses and people do is life saving! I have heard stories from countless clients about the way horses help heal them. I look forward to continuing to support this therapy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization for just over two years. I can honestly say that it has given me more than I could ever give to it. I can't even count the number of times I hear people rave about the work they do and the lives they save. It is magical to be a part of the process. Kristin Rossi

6 Kerri12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spring Reins of Life is an amazing organization. This nonprofit helps in a way that traditional therapy cannot. When words are too painful, this heartfelt arena can be just the setting where long lasting healing can begin.
Not only do the participants in the sessions receive healing, but also the volunteers and all who come in contact with the amazing herd report feelings of calm, centered, grounded and a sense of healing.
I have volunteered for 2 years, and I still can't wait to get there for my next visit.

6 Katie153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with SROL for almost two years. The work that the horses (and humans!) do is incredible. We usually have an open house in the spring, which gives everybody the chance to see them work, up close and personal! So much hard (behind the scenes) work goes on with SROL. I know how much EVERY donation is greatly appreciated, and 90% of funding goes towards programming costs for trauma survivors. Nothing is wasted, and, luckily, labor is provided by volunteers. I cannot say enough good things about Spring Reins of Life. (as you may have noticed!!) Volunteering for SROL has helped ME in many ways, also.