What is Therapeutic Riding?

The Program

The therapeutic riding program helps with stretching of the mind and muscles. The benefits produced can be remarkable, and it 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.

Anticipated Improvements

We often expect to see improvements in 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.

Other Benefits

Many times riders experience increased feelings of independence, self image, confidence, attention span, and motivation.

Customized Equine Therapy Programs at Reins of Life

Reins of Life offers customized programs designed to help children, young adults or adults:

  • With special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, spinal bifida, as well as developmental delays.
  •  Who are struggling with life challenges such as grief, depression, trauma, as well as anxiety.
  • With other life challenges such as dealing with the loss of a family member, pet, friend, a difficult situation at school, or social skills issues.

Equestrian riding skills are taught to our riders in a safe, secure, caring environment based on each individual’s abilities.

Our Sibling Riding Program

Reins of Life also offers a unique Sibling Riding Program and is one of a kind. Our special equestrians share this unique experience with their typical siblings which creates a greater nurturing experience together.

Horseback Riding becomes an activity he or she might not otherwise be able to participate in due to their limitations. The horse provides their means of transport when their legs just won’t allow movement required for most sports. Now they have a chance to have something in common they can share and be proud of and talk about this wonderful experience to their friends with excitement.