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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

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!

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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!