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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

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dominick A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an AMAZING organization. During my time as a volunteer, I have seen those who cannot walk, fly on horseback. I have witnessed the non verbal communicate. I have cried tears of joy at breakthroughs in physical therapy. And it has been my privilege to have spent quiet moments with the most outstanding herd of horses alive. The staff of educators and volunteers are a team unparalleled.

Gabriella P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a Volunteer at 12 and was there for 8 months. It changed my life forever. The amount of patience, love, and compassion that everyone has there blew me away. They truly care about every single rider and volunteer. I miss the ranch every single day. It truly is a place everyone should experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is amazing. The staff is always nice, the horses are amazing. I used to volunteer here and one of my favorite memories is when a student that was in a wheelchair got on the horse and it started to walk she said so this is what walking feels like. Amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

REINS not only helped our little love with ASD find her voice but also her muscle control! There is no place better for equestrian therapy!

1 Susan Jackson L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Reins benefits people of all ages and demographics from around San Diego and Riverside Counties. The service they provide is unique to our community and vital to many families. We are so fortunate to have Reins in Fallbrook.

1 Kristyn C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

REINS has been a huge part of our family for the past 6 years. Our daughter suffers from PTSD and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Each week, REINS continues to be instrumental in guiding her to achieve the very best! With the help of her trainer and horse, she has been able to build confidence, communication skills, and long lasting relationships with both her two- and four- legged friends. She has even begun volunteering on a weekly basis too. Thank you REINS for giving our girl a positive and safe environment to excel in!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Raelynn has been riding at REINS for the past three years. Rae has suffered from PTSD for years. Before she came to REINS, she was unable to socially function in outside settings such as school or doctor appointments. The team at REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program has helped Rae grow in to a secure and confident nine-year-old. She can now look people in the eye and shake their hand. Rae can also now hold a conversation with both kids and adults. Each week we watch her strive to work hard and it is done with a huge smile. Our family is thankful each day for the commitment the staff and the countless volunteers at REINS provides. A BIG THANK YOU to Ms. Nikki our daughter's instructor at REINS! Raelynn would have never gotten this far without the love and patience that you've shown her!

Chris H.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I originally started volunteering with REINS as a Service Learning Opportunity for a class. Only needed about 20 hours-- instead I stayed for years. This program is a great service to families with special needs, and the environment is awesome. Everybody is happy to be there-- the rider, the family members, the instructors, and the volunteers. Instruction pulls from many different disciplines to provide riders with the most benefit, geared towards their specific needs and abilities (i.e. core strength and balance, functional communication and self-expression, etc). There are also fun events throughout the year-- if you have kids (with or without special needs), I'd recommend stopping by for the Spring Hop the weekend before Easter. Lots of fun for everyone

1 Allison B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago, I was a nanny for a little girl with severe developmental delays. We would come to Reins weekly where she would ride and be encouraged make speech sounds and interact with the volunteers and horses. She would glow with joy before, during, and after lessons. I saw so many benefits from therapeutic horseback riding.
I was also friends in elementary, middle, and high school with a boy with developmental disabilities who rode at Reins. He died as a young adult, and the people from Reins were a big part of his memorial service, because Reins was such a wonderful part of his life, where he felt friendship and encouragement.

1 Denise H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

REINS had been an amazing part of our community for years. I have attended some of their fundraisers and know multiple people who have ridden here. Their impact to society and the community can't be measured. I've seen tangible results using the therapeutic horsemanship model. Highly recommend this nonprofit if you're looking for quality caring people. They love their students!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at REINS in spring 2016 and quickly fell in love with the incredible team of people, horses, and students who make REINS a truly magical place. I knew after a short time that I wanted to join the REINS Staff so that I could do more and use my skills to help make an impact in this corner of the world. I could not have been more thrilled when I was accepted to a part time position on staff to help with the marketing and events at REINS. It has been my utmost pleasure to help share the stories of our students and their families with our community so that REINS can continue to provide the services that truly make a difference in our lives. We have the most kind and compassionate staff, and truly inspiring students and families. Anyone that is connected with REINS is passionate about our mission and wants to support the ongoing work of "Changing Lives...One Ride at a Time!"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the REINS program for over 20 years. I have been fortunate to donate my time and most recently emcee their annual REINS of Life Golf Tournament. I enjoy bringing my family and friends to each of the REINS events throughout the year. This program helps change the lives of the people and families who ride at REINS. I couldn't think of a better place to donate my time and help give back.

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!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been here for 10 years and still believe my Thursdays at REINS is the best part of each week.

Client Served

Rating: 5

REINS has been an amazing experience for my son. It has helped him with his core strength, balance, fine & gross motor skills. Most of all, it has given him confidence. The staff are incredibly caring & compassionate. We look forward to coming every week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Reins for almost four years. Within this time, I have enjoyed every student, every instructor and every other volunteer serving this wonderful organization. The love, the companionship and the care given by each Reins Staff Member and volunteer to our students is truly amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reins has helped me not only physically but mentally. Who couldnt love being around these loving horses. the staff are wonderfull along with the volunters. please visit and find out on your own i promise your heart will fill the love heere.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at REINS over 15 years ago because of my love for horses. I enjoyed the experience so much that after I had to move away for four years due to the military, I came back and haven't left. There is a special magical feeling every time I cross that bridge and get to see the smiling and caring faces of everyone there. It's the joy on the students' faces as they interact with others and the horses. It's the excitement in the air from anticipation of getting to participate in lessons. It's the simple joy of being at such a happy place where you feel like you belong.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have spent most of my younger years volunteering up at REINS, and because REINS has had such an incredible impact on my life, I chose to continue my life in this rewarding field of work. REINS has not only offered me an outlet for my passion of horses, but given me the gift of working with the disabled community. I have personally witnessed how REINS is able to give back to the community by offering a safe environment for both young teens and adults to give back, by volunteering with the program. The impact of the therapy for our clients includes physical, emotional, and cognitive attributes that bridge the gap from horseback to everyday skills for daily life. You just have to see it to believe it, so come on out and see our facility!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Reins it is great for my community service hours. My favorite horse is Harrison.

Kimberly165

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to grow up in the Fallbrook area and volunteered at REINS in my teen years. Two years ago I was fortunate to join the staff at REINS and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this organization. I have personally been able to witness the benefits of therapeutic horse-related programs for students and their families. I feel lucky every day to be a part of such a positive service to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Reins over 2 years ago. I think it is such a vital program for the families of Southern California with a child or family member in need of therapy. It can be used in conjunction with other types of therapy but incorporating all of the activities we do during lessons along with riding the horse is so beneficial to the riders. Volunteering at Reins has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever done. I am very thankful for Reins!

Client Served

Rating: 5

our son has been riding with Reins for 5 years. It is the highlight of his week! We plan on many years to come with Reins!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started as a volunteer with this program. The staff and other volunteers are professional and wonderful to work with. Safety and professional courtesy abounds here as well as compassion for the clients. I like being out of doors and this opportunity affords me the advantage of some physical activity. I look forward to my volunteer time and I enjoy helping the clients. It is obvious the clients look forward to their time at REINS.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at REINS 3 years ago. I started because I needed service hours for school; I stayed because of how great this place is. REINS has a very welcoming environment for volunteering, whether you're new to horses/therapy or not. All the staff and instructors are lovely people and their commitment to REINS and its mission is evident in their work. From the perspective of a volunteer, I can't say enough good things about this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at REINS for over two years. From the beginning I began working I realized that REINS is a very special place. Despite my lack of knowledge and experience with horses, I was made to feel welcome. I am grateful for the patience and encouragement I receive from Debbie, who coordinates the program, as well as the entire staff and volunteers. Even the horses put up with me.

The entire staff is loving, caring, friendly, patient, and truly enjoy their jobs. I am impressed with how well they interact with each other as well as the volunteers, riders, and families. There is a great sense of joy along with peace and serenity. The staff demonstrates nothing but love and respect for the riders, families, and horses. I am also greatly impressed with how much they care and know about each rider. The lessons are tailored to meet their needs. Relationships and bonds with riders and families are developed, in many cases for several years.

Everything is done top-notch with the interests of the riders, families and horses at heart. They are not satisfied with the status quo; they are always striving to enhance the program for the benefit of the people they serve.

As in any organization, the attitudes and behaviors of the staff reflect the qualities of leadership. It is apparent that Debbie embodies the best qualities of leadership along with a heart for the people in the program.

The staff and volunteers are passionate about their duties. It is a great pleasure to see what a wonderful difference they make in the lives of the riders and families. REINS is a friendly and safe environment for the people to come and experience joy and fun while physically and emotionally benefiting from the program.

I am very grateful that they allow me to work here. I enjoy every minute I spend here. By the way, I now know that tack is not just something you stick on a bulletin board and which end of the horse a hackamore goes on.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was encouraged to try volunteering at REINS just to see if I would like it. That was 10 years ago and it remains my favorite time of each week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

REINS is an amazing program. It includes so much more than just therapy with horses. Through the years, REINS continues to grow and improve, yet it still maintains a special family atmosphere. The instructors and volunteers are very friendly, happy, encouraging and supportive, all the while helping to achieve student goals. From my experience as a volunteer, I've been able to witness and be a part of many student achievements. Being able to see their smiles and joy, shows how rewarding REINS is all around. Whether a student or volunteer, you'll find REINS to be such a great experience, and that once you join, there will be a special bond that continues to hold REINS together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former student for 11 years and a current volunteer for the past year and a half, I've spent a lot of time at REINS. What's kept me coming back is the awesome mission this place provides to the community of Fallbrook, as well as many other parts of San Diego County. All the instructors are totally amazing, and the volunteers that I've worked with are all dedicated to improving this program on a daily basis.
The horses are all very well trained, and suit a varied level of rider experience, from beginner to advanced.
If you have a child that you think would benefit from therapeutic horse back riding, definitely consider REINS!

April V

Client Served

Rating: 5

REINS is an amazing organization that is truly making a difference in so many lives. My daughter Isabella has Down syndrome and has many disadvantages and medical needs. She is almost 5 years old, and she has been in REINS' therapeutic horse ridding program since she was 18 months old. She attends weekly sessions and it is the highlight of her week. She has improved her socialization, confidence, gross motor skills, and core strength. REINS has also tremendously helped her communication, some of her fist ASL signs and verbal words were horse, eat, go, open gate, and more. We are so grateful to have help from their program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reins is a wonderful program where all the kids and voulnteers love everything about it. I volunteer there every Wednesday and Friday afternoon and I absolutely love it. The instructors are the sweetest and nicest people as are the other voulnteers. Everyone there is like family to me and are accepting of everyone. They have great animals that are patient with the riders and learning voulnteers and are exceptionally well behaved. They are active in the community of Fallbrook and participate in community activities such as Christmas Parades. This is the best program in the whole world I believe that helps special needs people and treats everyone as equal.