Reins of Life (ROL) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, which uses horses, ponies and donkeys as therapy tools, to offer mounted and unmounted activities to participants as young as 2 years of age and no upper age limit with mild to severe physical, emotional, cognitive, and social disabilities. We continue to expand our program offerings as we seek to fulfill our mission “to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy.”
ROL promotes an inclusive environment for people of all walks of life, ages and abilities. It is supported by our vision:
• To promote the mental, physical, emotional, and social growth of all involved in the program;
• To educate the community regarding the benefits of riding as therapy, and the abilities of children and adults with disabilities;
• To improve the attitudes of society toward persons with disabilities.
It is clear that, through an extraordinary medium, we help support participants in more than just learning to ride horses. For individuals with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in a manner similar to normal human walking. For those with learning disorders, mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with a warm, soft, friendly, responsive horse has special healing values.
We offer seven unique programs including therapeutic horseback riding, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, K-12 school programs, ROL Veterans Team, interactive vaulting, miniature horse visitation, & Nuzzles and Snuggles, program specially designed for aging adults. We offered more than 550 units (slots in lessons) in just therapeutic riding program. In addition more than 200 participants took part in our special programs.
We grew significantly over past few years. The driving force behind our recent expansion of the programs is the deep conviction that everyone deserves a chance to live a life with dignity and each and every one of our participants has untapped talents. We strongly believe that we can make a difference for that individual and their family.