My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Fallbrook, CA, USA
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.