What Is Therapeutic Riding?

The Program:  Stretching mind and muscles, therapeutic horseback riding produces remarkable benefits, and is recognized as one of the most progressive forms of therapy gaining recognition world-wide. The warmth and rhythmic movement of the horse provides numerous physical benefits.

Improved: gross and fine motor skills, self-awareness, body strength, balance, and coordination

The feeling of mobility and being able to control such a large animal provides psychological benefits leading to a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Increased: independence, self image, confidence, attention span, and motivation

Children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, Angel man syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, as well as those with learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments benefit from therapeutic horseback riding.


I Can

I cannot walk or run, or play
a game of tennis every day.
I cannot dance or ride a bike,
I'll never know what skatings' like.

I have no soccer boots or ball,
they are no use to me at all.
I'll never ski the waves or snow
so many thrills I'll never know.

I'll never sail the wind or surf
or chase a ball around the turf,
nor climb the snow capped peaks above,
so many things I'll never love.

But I can ride through forest trails
to see the fox and rabbits tails
and watch the geese and ducks take flight
while leaping stags and deer take fright.

And I can follow mountain tracks
past climbers weighted down with packs,
to trace a river to it's source
above the clouds and feel the force.

Yes I enjoy the 'sport of kings'
when carried high my feet take wings.
To fly me on a pleasure course,
for I can mount and ride a horse.

John Anthony Davies
used with permission of the author

What makes Reins of Life Unique for Equine Therapy?

  • Reins of Life launched its therapeutic riding program in 1993, becoming one of the first Chester County programs of its kind.
  • Our Chester County program exclusively serves children and adults with special needs as well as life challenges.
  • Our special equestrians never age-out of our riding program.
  • Reins of Life reached a significant milestone in it's organization acquiring it's own property, our "forever home" in Landenberg, PA.
  • Our property borders 3 states within 10 minutes of each other... PA, MD, DE
  • Reins of Life offers a "Sibling Riding" program
  • Celebrating 23 years