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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: It is the mission of Hope Reins to provide a safe place for at-risk, disadvantaged and hurting children, families and adults to promote hope, healing and change through the use of equine rescued from abuse, neglect, abandonment or other difficult circumstances. Hope Reins rescues, rehabilitates and becomes a forever home to these horses who in turn become the teachers, inspiring and empowering others with their stories of recovery and healing. Participation in the programs of Hope Reins are offered to anyone who could benefit and are free of charge as our goal is to reach those who are most in need of hope. Hope Reins' additional goal for this year is to grow in the form of an additional riding ring to make room for the children on the waiting list and to expand to an additional property.

Results: Hope Reins is now a forever home to 10 equine, 4 of which continue to rehabilitate as they were rescued from severe neglect just this year. 15 children per week are currently visiting Hope Reins, with 15 already on a waiting list.

Target demographics: disadvantaged/at-risk children and abused/neglected horses find hope and healing together

Direct beneficiaries per year: 45 children from surrounding communities, residential group home and CPS, as well as rehabilitated and provided a forever home to 6 rescue horses. Hope Reins has since rescued and is rehabilitating 4 ponies from severe neglect

Geographic areas served: Bean Station, Tennessee

Programs: "Healing Hearts" program (pairing child with a rescue horse to provide opportunity for a common bond through caring for, grooming and riding resulting in each teaching the other the true meaning of unconditional love and to trust again); "Mending Fences" program (equine assisted growth and learning activities on ground addressing emotional and behavioral issues); and "Saving Grace" program (rescue, rehabilitation and giving a forever home to rescued horses).

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 bvfugate

Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter , Jessica, has Intermitten explosive disorder. When I learn this program was close to home , I ask what it cost for a child to be in it ,because insurance won't pay for this kind of therapy , I was surprised to be told there was no charge . Jessia was accepted into the Hope Reins program this past June as she was coming out of a residential treatment facility. When Jessica is sitting on one of the horses ,the smile on her face needs no explaining . She does all she is ask to do there so she can have time with the horses. Hope Reins is a much needed program in our county and Cindy and her volunteers are there for these kids with problems. Cindy, You and the horses are helping Jessica and I say thank you very much. A very grateful grandmother Betty Fugate

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son jacob is 8 yrs old he started attenting hope reins in june 2014. He really enjoys being there and helping out with all the chores they do. Hope reins has helped his behavior and over all enjoyment. My son talks about hope reins all the time. Hope reins gives jacob so much to look forward to and has learned so much from the program. Cindy is so amazing shes kind, sweet and such a loving person she does so much for hope reins and treats everybody the same no child is different to her. Shes inspired jacob so much. Im so thankful for this program and glad its free for everyone...

1 Carol177

Donor

Rating: 5

I watched Cindy work with the horses and children. The children open up to her about what they are feeling and they grow So much from this program. She puts her own money into this program because of her love for the kids.

Kathleen83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently learned about Hope Reins when my great niece became involved in the program. It has been a wonderful experience for her! Jessica loves the horses and the people with the program! From what I've seen it has been a real help to her

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my children have been blessed to be part of such a wonderful program. My oldest daughter struggled with motor skills, balance and coordination. She had very low self esteem. She couldn't even ride a bicycle but after working with Cindy a short amount of time, she learned to ride a horse! It has developed a passion that has totally changed her confidence level. Cindy devotes so much time to this program and is agreat blessing to our community and children!

1 Sue_99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an animal science teacher and brought my students to Hope Reins to volunteer and learn. They worked with horses that have been healed from terrible situations thanks to the love and support from Cindy and the other volunteers. Their hearts were touched with stories of success and their eyes were opened to the huge number of horses who endure horrible abuse daily and need our help. Thank you for the life lessons that they learned through this program. This cause is so worthy of any time or funding you can give.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cindy does an excellent job working with the horses and incorporating therapy with the children that she serves. Excellent results from this program with the clientele that I also work with! Great job and keep it up. Recommended to anyone interested.

1 Allison42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This previous summer I became aware, through a friend, of Hope Reins volunteer program, and I am so glad that I found out about it! Volunteering at this ranch is not only fun, but it is also very rewarding and teaches you something new every time you are there. Sadly, I've had to stop volunteering for the moment due to school, but I can't wait to see Cindy and all the kids again and get back to work!

1 Kelsie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

6 years ago as hope reins was building up as I came to kingswood school I met swinger which was the sweetest and strongest horse I've ever met he had the biggest heart but then I met Brandy as a 12 your old that had been through too much to handle she made it better she showed me you always can't see where your going but as I led her I knew God was leading me where I needed to go just as I helped her get to where she needed to be. Cindy is the most strong willed person I've ever met only someone like her could ever make an organization as strong as it is because of her love and passion for these horses as she did for me when I was there. People wouldn't realize it but it really is a wonderful program for kids like me that didn't know what to do at the time. I love seeing hope reins grow!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aware of Hope Reins a few years ago thru our church. We began helping with different things such as trees down and building stalls. I fell in love with the horses and the kids. The love and dedication that Cindy has towards the horses, ponies, and kids are amazing. Her passion has kept this great ministry alive. The children grow in confidence and tell the horses more about themselves than they ever would an adult. To see how the children grow is wonderful, and it is working because there is now a waiting list to get children in the program. This is truly a great nonprofit to support.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2013, I became aware of Hope Reins when Cindy came to our church and talked about this program and explained her compassion and love for horses along with her love for children. In her presentation, she showed videos and pictures of how the horses minister to children and the children minister to the horses. I was so impressed by her presentation that I had to see what it was all about. Her presentation brought back fond memories that I had from childhood with horses involved. So, my husband and I purchased several bags of feed and some other items that the horses needed and delivered to Hope Reins. WOW is just one word that describes this program. Seeing first hand the love, compassion and desire to love and care for these horses was vivid. To see the work that they are doing with children and to rescue these horses was amazing. I love animals but never had a place to keep them so I thought that this was my opportunity to make a difference. Since then, we have had several items delivered to the ranch to help out along with monetary donations. To see the horses being truly cared for and the smiles on the children's faces is worth it all. This program allows the children to forget all the bad things that have happened to them and finally enjoy life and to be a kid again is truly a blessing. So, I encourage you to invest in this worthwhile program. May God continue to bless Hope Reins.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Reins is located on the campus of Kingswood home for Children where I am the Residential Services Director. Kingswood is a home for dependent abused, neglected and abandoned children. Hope Rein's provides therapeutic services for these children, free of charge. The children trust and bond quickly with the horses as they learn the circumstances and difficulties the horses have faced are much as their own. The children learn coping skills, face their fears, team building, communication and many other necessary tools to heal from their past.
I frequently hear how Hope Reins positively impacted the children that have left our facility.

Trina Allen B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last fall I had the honor of helping take care of the most loving horses I have ever been around. To hear each of their stories was a story in its self. After learning how to take care of them(meds,food,cleaning) I had a different outlook on rescue horses. After time, I feel in Love with each one of them...but the most amazing stories where those that you see on each of the kids faces. From the ones who had never saw them to the ones who spent time with them in the past. Hope Reins is a Special Place, there is a lot of hard work, Love, and Satisfaction there. I would recommend that if you had time to stop by you would feel the rewarding environment. I promise you will not leave without feeling Love, And the Spirit of The Lord in your Heart.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Reins adopted a pony from us, Harmony Rescue. The pony was found wandering the streets, neighbors put her in a pasture and tried to care for her. Unfortunately, that care did not include medical care. The neighbors called us. It took about six of us to finally get her in the trailer and to our facility. This was our fist pony. Reeces proved to be stubborn and wanted to be a big horse. After a year, Hope Reins called and wanted to adopt her. They did not shy away from Reeces personality and specialize in the challenges. Cindy and Bryce came up, stayed the night, and took Reeces home. We have received updates (stories and pics) often. We laugh and still can't believe how Hope Reins and the kids have been able to connect with Reeces. Reeces has found the perfect home of unconditional love, patience, care, laughter, and new horse friends. We have found new friends at Hope Reins.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have seen, first hand, the amazing results in the heart of a hurt child as they experience the unconditional and gentle love from a strong majestic horse; and I have seen the love of a child touch the heart of a hurting horse. The relationships that are developed at Hope Reins provide hope, healing and love for both child and horse. As a volunteer and supporter of Hope Reins I have the privilege of grooming our blind Brandi, joke around with Silver, assist Katie through some physical challenges. I have seen the expression on Buds face change as he sees a child approach the gate then run to fence as though he is visiting with that child and no one else; and I have Buc prance through the pasture with a strong beauty and our little Reeses show off with pride. Children have overcome fears, faced new challenges, and learned life skills while experiencing love, acceptance, and friendship through the horses at Hope Reins.