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REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program

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Causes: Autism, Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Disabilities, Health, Health Care, Recreational Clubs, Sports

Mission: Our mission is to support the physical, mental and emotional health of disabled children and adults with therapeutic horse-related programs.

Target demographics: disabled children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 students and their families

Geographic areas served: Fallbrook, CA

Programs: therapeutic horse related programs

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always been a person that has loved hands on work, and REINS has given me the opportunity to get my feet wet in that way. For the time I have been here I have had an awesome experience seeing people's lives change for the better. I have loved working here at REINS and am thankful for them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at REINS for one year, and have loved every hour of it! This program is truly amazing and a wonderful experience! I look foreword to coming every week!

Client Served

Rating: 5

REINS is a wonderful place. My daughter has been receiving horseback riding therapy for two years and we’ve seen tremendous progress with her balance, coordination, and ability to follow directions. The staff, the therapists, and the volunteers are the best—kind and attentive to my daughter. They hold wonderful events like the Easter Egg hunt and honor the riders with a special day of riding with ribbons and celebration. REINs has brought my daughter & I so much joy—she’s grown in many areas of challenge, she’s gained confidence, and she’s made friends. We are grateful for the dedication and love from every single person in the organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My autistic granddaughter has been having riding lessons for approx. 10 years. It is wonderful. In addition to learning to interact with the employees and feel at home around them, she is comfortable being on the horses, learning that she can be in control of something even much bigger than her (even backing the horse up when she isn't supposed to :) In addition to training daily in the arena and doing things like shooting baskets while on a horse, stepping up onto a platform, guiding the horse thru an obstacle course, they go on a trail ride. Upon completion, she must return the reins to its proper place, and take a bucket of carrots to the horse. Once when she misbehaved, they asked if they had my permission to do a little work. I said, "Of course! You can have her pick up horse poop, if you want!" ...so they did. Good way to learn work required for the horses...as well as punishment... REINS is a wonderful place for all kinds of special needs kids (blind, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, etc. I strongly recommend it.

Dez.A.Raisin

Client Served

Rating: 5

REINS has been a part of our family for the past 10 years. Our daughter started riding at 18 months old...she rode before she could walk. She was too weak to even sit up on her horse, so she lay upon the horse for most of the lesson. She cried through every lesson for the first year because she was so weak, scared and filled with anxiety. The instructors, staff and volunteers were so patient and loving with her. They lovingly encouraged, distracted, and challenged her.

She has come SO far since then. She LOVES riding weekly at REINS and is so sad when there is a break or she misses a lesson. Over the past 10 years, our daughter has grown in her physical strength, worked through her anxiety, gained life AND horseback riding skills we couldn't imagine. She has soared from being a part of this organization and weekly therapy sessions. She went from being scared of all living animals, to tolerating horses only (no dogs, cats, etc) to being a lover of all animals; marching up to any creature now without a care or thought. You would have never known how anxious she was when she started. She grew from laying on her horse to sitting, proudly two-point trotting, and leading her horse by herself through an obstacle course.

It is really difficult to put into words all the incredible ways this organization has changed our daughter...but not just ours...the hundreds of students (adults, too) who come through their gates year after year. We cannot recommend this organization highly enough. You want to be a part of this family as a rider, volunteer, or donor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been going to Reins for a year and a half and it's her favorite day of the week! She loves riding her horse and saying high to all the horses when we come. She has developed a true love for animals and I believe it's because of Reins. They really take the time to know my daughter and all about her condition to create the best plan for her. Her instructor truly has an amazing heart and the volunteers are all amazing. They have special events that make the kids feel so special and loved. I couldn't ask for anything better with this program. Truly a piece of heaven on earth!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reins has been an amazing experience and a great place to volunteer. I have enjoyed every hour I have spent with them. I got all of my high school volenteer hours completed and much more. Everyone is so kind and I love working with all the kids and horses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Reins for four years. This nonprofit is a truly amazing place. I have really enjoyed volunteering my time. Everyone is so welcoming and fun to be around.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter takes weekly riding lessons at REINS. She looks forward to this every week. Her instructor makes her lessons challenging but fun. She has learned many new riding skills while increasing her self esteem. I would recommend this program to other families with special needs children!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great volunteer opportunity. Fun working with students and staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

REINS is such an amazing and special program that truly takes the time to invest and develop the riders and all who pass through! As a volunteer I have had the privilege to watch the lives of riders and their families change and be instrumentally impacted for the best. To see riders gain the confidence, mobility and even have fun on a horse has brought so much joy into my own life as a volunteer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

REINS has served as a large part of my life, both as a young teen growing up and into my "middle years". This amazing place has served as a useful tool to keep me grounded through hard work volunteering and as a grown woman teaching me compassion, love and strength. I care so much for the facility that facilitates well-being, acceptance, and vitality through the healing touch of horses. What an amazing group of people REINS brings together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has had the privilege of being involved with REINS as volunteers for several years. Each time we go to REINS, we are reminded why it is such a special place! The staff is full of genuine love and care for their students and families, and has the highest commitment to encourage and challenge each one according to their needs. Each therapy horse is carefully selected and matched with the right student, and together, under the careful guidance of skilled instructors and volunteers, has the opportunity to work as a team achieving their goals! It is truly amazing and inspiring to watch! We love and respect REINS so much and are so thankful to be a part of their excellent program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

REINS Therapeutic Riding Center has been a large part of my family for over 2 decades. Our twin girls have benefited physically,mentally, and socially from their riding lessons once a week with REINS amazing staff and volunteers. Not to forget our other "typical" children that were able to grow as well through their time spent volunteering at REINS. We cannot imagine living without REINS in our community. It truly is a total positive program package for everyone that is involved.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became a part of REINS almost nine years ago, because it gave me an opportunity to work with horses. After my first day I was hooked but not because of the horses, although they do have the best horses, instead I was hooked after meeting the amazing volunteers, staff, and students. The students and their parents are the most incredible group of people that I continue to learn from everyday and the volunteers and staff are extremely supportive, knowledgeable, and dedicated. I look forward to driving over the bridge to REINS everyday!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been a part of reins for nearly 20 years and there's just no place like it! It is a family, a community, a safe harbor and a place where there are no limitations. Students, parents, volunteers and staff support and help each other with love and compassion. Add in the beautiful environment, top notch facility and incredible horses and there is no better place to be! It is impossible to put into words all the wonderful elements of REINs, so you'll just have to check it out yourself!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is a wonderful non-profit. I have been a volunteer there for the past 6 years. The staff and instructors are top notch. I love my morning at REINS helping in the lesson program. I also enjoy helping at their fundraising events and the annual horse show. I am pleased to write a review for this GREAT non-profit. I highly recommend this organization. Please make a donation to help our disabled children and adults continue to benefit from this amazing therapeutic riding program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm always excited to learn something new that I can use to help my students and being informed about something I don't normally deal with such as IEP's and 504's where knowledge of the education system and sometime insurance is key. Since we are able to consult with Speech language pathologist it was brought to my attention of how being informed about those things can help your student by informing clueless parents, we know the sooner the therapy the better chance of meeting goals. Now we can help be an advocate for our students and that can make a big difference in everyone's lives. I love REINS!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Reins is the most amazing place and I am so lucky to have been able to experience all the sides of it. I volunteered as a teenager and later as an adult, my son rode in the program for 6 years and for the last 3 years I've been an instructor. Reins helped my son so much, when he first started at 3 he only had a few words in his vocabulary and after only a couple years he was a chatter box! His goals were for speech, listening, following directions, sharing, taking turns and making friends all of which he did with the love and support of the reins crew. and now it's my turn to give back and help others achieve their goals! Reins is my happy place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm an instructor at Reins and working here has changed my whole perspective on life and keeps my priorities in check. Every time I cross the bridge that leads to a place similar to Disney Land; laughter, rides, family time together and making new friends, I give praise and thanks to God for blessing me to be part of such a special place. My students are so special to me and I always learn so much from them.
Watching parents observe their children ride, walk and/or speak for the first time is a feeling that's hard to explain. You"ll just have to come visit us so you can experience for yourself. Horses provide such a healing energy and that combined with compassionate volunteers, staff and riders makes for a positive and healing experience. Thanks Reins for being my family for 12 amazing years. I don't know how I ever survived without you!!!!