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Reins In Motion Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Equestrian, Sports

Mission: To enrich the lives of individuals with special needs and life threatening illness by connecting them with horses, animals and outdoor educational activities that promote healing and growth for daily living.

Programs: Reins in motion offers horseback riding to those with life altering issues. Their clients benefit from physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental and emotional therapy while on horseback. The relationship between the rider, horse, teacher and volunteers promotes a can do attitude, social skills, self esteem and a feeling of accomplishement for the client.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen in person the love and caring that is shown to each rider involved in the equine therapy lessons at Reins in Motion. The helpers ensure that there is dignity while challenging the rider to gain greater confidence and stretch his or her abilities on the horse. The rider and helper along with the horse are obviously a cohesive team in each lesson. The families of the riders share in the pride of accomplishment. I wish everyone would have the opportunity to see the hope and promise that results from a lesson at the barn. Reins in Motion provides so much for so many. The fundraiser in September is a great opportunity for the larger community to meet and great each other away from the barn which is also fun. The fact that the riders do not age out and that Reins is considering expanding its adult offerings (veterans now, potential for Alzheimer's patients in future) is yet another reason to be thankful. Thank you for everything that you do to keep this a positive activity in so many lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 6 years at Reins in Motion. It is such a rewarding experience to see our children smile and enjoy the horses. Our group of volunteers is fantastic. What a wonderful program for our children with special needs and Veterans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reins in Motion is a wonderful partner of The Taylor Family Foundation (TTFF). They bring their horses to camp throughout the year and allow our campers to enjoy the relaxation of riding, grooming, or just companionship! Because of their illnesses or disabilities, many of our campers may have never ridden, been around, or even touched a horse before this experience. Reins in Motion makes the magic of camp come to life for our campers in a fun and safe environment! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Reins, I have the honor of working with some wonderfully special children, some amazing horses and many caring and talented volunteers.
The instructors, Katy and Amanda give each client untiring care and nurturing support.
Bravo, Reins.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer and was amazed at the results for families and individuals. Reins In Motion staff, both human and horse, focus totally to meet individual designed to meet individual client needs. Every time I left after volunteering I felt that I had gotten far more than I gave and was privileged to have been able to participate. Although I no longer volunteer I am a happy donor because I saw first hand that every dollar is used to get maximum value to ensure the program benefits clients and also cares for the staff, particularly the therapy horses, to ensure a high quality program. I highly recommend Reins In Motion as an option for individuals with temporary and long term special needs. Katy Kempton is the best . Call her to talk about your needs.

Raquel B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reins in motion has been fantastic! My daughter has Down Syndrome and I have been wanting to get her in horseback riding for the last few years, but really found it hard to find a place for my daughter with special needs. They were so accommodating and their expertise with children with special needs made me feel so comfortable. The staff is super nice- the volunteers there are amazing! My daughter LOVES coming here, she always looks forward to it. Truly feel blessed that there's a place like this in our area! They do amazing things for the children in our community.

Dorothy T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reins in Motion has played a key role in my sons therapy and has helped him reach milestones no one thought were possible. He loves the horses and this therapy has assisted in every area of development. The volunteers are truly caring and patient.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are amazing! The staff and volunteers were very flexible in working with my daughter while she was getting out of hospital stays. They were patient and loving and worked hard to get her confidence back. They are one of a kind!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with the Reins in Motion Family. Everyone is so friendly and helpful and the work they do is amazing. Seeing the joy on the faces of the clients and their families as they interact with the horses is worth every minute of the time I spend there. The horses are well chosen and also seem to love their work and realise they are doing something worthwhile. It is a family atmosphere and produces great results.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


As a volunteer with Reins in Motion, I see every week the joy and relief of the parents of the challenged kids and young adults who come to our program. At our annual fundraiser, I get to the stories from our client families of the difference that our horses and volunteers and therapists have made in their lives. One of the most striking examples of the value of our program for veterans was the woman veteran of the Iraq war who told me that after attending our program, she was able to be outside her home and in public places for the first time after having PTSD and agoraphobia after her war experiences in tanks. Paying for the boarding, food, vet and dental care and farrier services for our 8 horses is hard, and we are grateful to the individuals and organizations who make our services available to families that otherwise would not be able to benefit.
Sincerely, John Hughes, Livermore, CA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reins In Motion Foundation provides one on one quality horse therapy to children and adults. Reins also has a program for Veterans and provides horse riding to the Taylor Family Foundation during their camping season. Each client has a team of individuals and their horse that helps them thru activities geared for their needs. The clients are stimulated and given a sense of empowerment over this big and kind creature. The horse is the only animal that walks as we do. When you take an individual with weak legs and place their hips on the horse, they walk for that client helping to build up core strength. This is the building blocks for the entire body. Sensory issues are dealt with along with encouragement of language. So many of these clients lack language and with rhythm of the horse and stronger core strength, language emerges. We have clients who are now sitting on own, crawling and walking on own since riding with the program. It is magical to watch and the horses love them unconditionally and give them a can do attitude.
In the Summer Reins will offer some Day at the Ranch Day Camp. Camp gives the children an opportunity to experience the great outdoors and spend time with their favorite animal, the horse. They spend time grooming, painting and sometimes giving the horse a bath. On one of those hot Livermore days, the horse and the client get relief from this activity.
Reins in Motion not only benefits the clients but the many volunteers that it takes to provide a safe and fun environment for all who participate.