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Review for REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Fallbrook, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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