HISTORYHealing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center was founded in 1999 by accomplished Central Oregon equestrian, Pam Addington White. After viewing a demonstration of therapeutic riding in Idaho and researching the benefits of equine-facilitated adaptive activities and therapies for people with a wide variety of special needs, White was determined to bring this unique service to Central Oregon.
Her dream came true in 1999 when a local facility, Horse Butte Equestrian Center, donated one day each week to Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center. Launching the Adaptive Riding program with twelve volunteers to serve four youth riders, word of Healing Reins’ mission and vision quickly spread and within a year an arena of its own became a necessity.
Healing Reins relocated to Faith Run Farms, a privately owned, 20 acre parcel in southeast Bend in 2001. The new location offers an ADA approved facility complete with indoor riding arena and fourteen stalls, an outdoor arena and a Sensory Integration/Challenge Trail course with beautiful views of the Oregon Cascades. Healing Reins leases the barn and grounds and the owners provide daily feeding of the herd and facility maintenance.
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has expanded over the years and today serves 130 children and adults with special needs each week throughout the year. Often using more than 120 weekly volunteers, Healing Reins continues to rely heavily on the community for support both in the arena and other areas of its daily operations. In addition to providing volunteer support, the Central Oregon community contributes generously to Healing Reins through private donations, corporate sponsorships, in-kind support, and through participation in our annual fundraising events, “Diamonds & Dust”and the “Triple Crown Online FundRacer”.
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization, and in 2001 earned its distinguished status as a PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premier Accredited Center. Healing Reins is nationally recognized for its excellence in providing professional therapeutic instruction and is the only entity of its kind in all of Oregon east of the Cascades.
While programs continue to grow to address community demand, we remain dedicated to our values of: Safety, Respect, Compassion, Excellence and Honesty as we continue in our mission “to heal with horses.”