Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

Rating: 4.99 stars   106 reviews

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Location: 11900 W Offner Rd Peotone IL 60468 USA

Mission: To provide therapeutic recreational equine activities for children and adults with special needs to experience the bond that is created between horse and rider. Empowering them to be victorious in all areas of life and reach their fullest potential.
Results: Since inception in Oct 2007, we have grown from 5 students to 40 plus steady students in additon to hosting special needs groups for day trips to the farm. We educate them with hands on learning experience with all the animals on the farm in a safe and supervised environment. The benefits impact them physically, cognitively and psychologically. These aspects of the session awaken their awareness, increase coordination and attention span, along with giving them a CAN DO attitude to succeed in life. Providing volunteer opportunities for school groups, individuals and community service workers to enable them to give back to their communities.
Target demographics: Handicapped, disabled or special needs people Volunteers who want to assist people with disabilities in the South Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 plus special needs students with various disibilities like CP, MS, Autism, ADHD, Learning disibilities,Speech delays etc.and their families, plus groups from Elim , Cornerstone, St. Colletta's, The Lions Club, various preschools, Girl scouts, Brownie groups and youth groups.
Geographic areas served: Northern Il.
Programs: Riding sessions that takes therapy out of the clinical setting and puts it in a safe and fun environment. Horse/animal care education and hands on experience.
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Rating: 5 stars  

My son receives therapeutic riding lessons at Victory Reins. My son had never been on a horse until he started at Victory Reins. He is only 4 so he was understandably scared his first time on the horse. Sandy was so patient, calm and positive with him. He felt so secure that within a short time he was totally at ease being on the horse. Now it is one of his favorite places to go. All of the volunteers are fantastic! Each person there helps my son and the other children to feel empowered and confident in their abilities. They also take the time to focus on each child as an individual and give them exactly what they need to help them overcome their disabilities. It is so peaceful and everyone is so kind and caring. Victory Reins is fantastic!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a fantastic organization that focuses on each child's need as an individual. The care and support given is wonderful!

Not only am I a client, but also volunteered while I was there. Any help given is always appreciated!

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been riding at Victory Reins for about 7 years now. When he started, he was resistant to putting a helmet on, had poor core strength, was afraid of the horses, etc. Now, he is thrilled to ride! He puts on his own helmet, has gained core strengths, basic skills, knows left from right, knows how to steer the horse, and has become more open to textures. My son has both Autism and Cererbal Palsy. The wonderful people at Victory Reins have helped him grow so much over the years, and he has fun the entire time. He enjoys riding and learning every week. I highly recommend Voctory Reins for anyone looking for dedicated, compassionate and qualified people to help special needs individuals throve through riding therapy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase their donations

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has receiving riding therapy at Victory Reins for quite a few years, and from the every beginning it was clear that everyone there puts their heart and soul into helping our children. When my son was tiny, he was initially afraid of the horses, but he quickly learned to love them, and through all of this he has gained core strength, coordination, worked on letters, counting, sense of where he is in space and time, and so much more. He, as well as our entire family, also feel like part of a community. Victory Reins is constantly trying to improve their facility, to improve it for the children that they serve, mostly as volunteers. I highly recommend Victory Reins. I am glad we started there years ago. Now, that little boy is a not-so-little 10 year old!

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Get more donations for Victory Reins.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son, who has multiple disabilities, has been riding at Victory Reins for about 5 years now, and it has had an amazing effect on his life. The day he started, he was screaming, on sensory overload. He did not even want to put on his helmet. Once he was the pony, and it started moving, he calmed down. Now, he walks in the barn, puts on his own helmet, and thrilled to be there! My son has Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Primary Speech Delay. Riding with the wonderful volunteers and Sandy, who runs Victory Reins has been life changing for him! It has helped him with muscle tone, sensory issues, learning fine and gross motor skills, and the list could go on forever. Everyone who volunteers there does it with love.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son, who will be 9 years-old in a few days, has been going to Victory Reins for Therapeutic Riding for 4 years. When he started he was very small, hated putting on his helmet, and was terrified of the horses. He has Cerebral Palsy, Primary Speech and Language Delay, and Autism, so the riding is really good for his core strength, coordination, sensory issues, learning to follow directions, and various aspects of his speech development. Alex has blossomed during the time he been riding at Victory Reins. He is independent in the barn now, putting on his own helmet, no longer afraid of the horses, and excited to ride every week! It makes me smile to hear him say "Trot!". He is much stronger, has learned his left from right, his letters, colors, and his speech has gotten louder, which has been a big issue for him. The entire staff at Victory Reins has been wonderful with us during the time my son has been riding. They have always been very safety conscious, which is important, and they really care about the kids. The head of the organization makes herself easy to reach, and is flexible. To strengthen the organization, it would be great if they had funds for heaters for the arena, so the riding season could go longer, and a truly handicapped accessible bathroom.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

There is a quote by an author named George Aliston. He said, "How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it." This reminds me of Victory Reins. Every Saturday when my daughter attends Victory Reins is a beautiful day. Everyone connected with this organization is very kind and so positive. My daughter has been going there for many years. It has helped her feel confident and accomplished. It is also really a lot of fun. The horses and all the other animals are wonderful . This is a great place for children and adults with disabilities. I am so glad we found this place!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

When physically and mentally challenged children are small, the opportunities for social interaction are plentiful but as they get older, the opportunities are slim to almost non-existent. We were very excited to find out about the Victory Reins Center last summer and our 40 year-old son has enjoyed the experience very much. He is in the early stages of learning how to ride a horse but the staff at VR is knowledgeable and patient which is the perfect combination of skills needed to work with the disabled.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has cerebral palsy. The recreational activities he can actively participate in are few. He loves going to Victory Reins and riding his favorite horse. He is greeted warmly by the volunteers and staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure they had the funding to continue.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been going to Victory Reins for years, and the staff there is great. They really know how to interact with the kids, and are sensitive to children with varying special needs. My son has multiple special needs, and he has gained many skills, both physical and mental over his years of riding at Victory Reins. Everyone there really goes the extra mile!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter loves this place. The people are very caring and hard working.
They serve people with special needs and teach them horseback riding skills. It allows them to be successful at something that not everyone can do. And for many of these clients that doesn't happen very often in their lives. I think it is wonderful for their self confidence and self image. It is also good exercise for them. Some of the clients just attended The Special Olympics with Victory Reins. It was a very special time for them and I am sure they have wonderful memories from this experience. If it wasn't for Victory Reins they would not have had this experience. Victory Reins is a wonderful place and great fun also. The horses are wonderful also!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build an addition to the barn.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Victory Reins selflessly give to people with special needs opportunities to enjoy love for animals with services they need to excel inside and outside of therapy. They deliver a caring and gentile touch to real life experience not offered in a clinical setting. We are happy and grateful to have found Victory Reins.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Before I participated in the therapeutic riding program at Victory Reins, I participated in a program at a different stable. I was immediately impressed with Sandy's teaching style. She was detail oriented and used a great amount of positive reinforcement. She is a natural teacher. I say this because I have been a classroom teacher for 27 years! Victory Reins is truly an asset to this community.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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