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Healing Reins Horse Herd

    A talented and well-rounded herd is the backbone of our program for what is an equine-assisted therapy without a horse? Our horses come in all shapes and sizes in order to accommodate our riders…who also come in all shapes and sizes!

    Healing Reins utilizes 14 horses that are carefully selected from hundreds of yearly referrals. All our horses come from loving, private homes and all have had previous careers. Some have been English or Western show horses while others have been pleasure trail partners. The therapeutic riding industry is all about “fit”…which means we must choose the right horse for the right job.

    Healing Reins is not able to rescue horses that have been abandoned. Knowing a horse’s history and where he/she comes from is paramount to the safety of our riders and volunteers!

    Healing Reins is fiscally conservative which is why we choose to “care lease”, rather than “own”, our horses. This allows us to change up the herd to fit the myriad needs of our rider/participant population each year. It also allows the animal to choose the work. If and when a program horse is no longer physically or emotionally fit, we are able to return the animal to their caring owner. A formal lease agreement is put into place upon the animal’s acceptance into the program so that all parties understand the terms.

    Healing Reins is fortunate to have the support of veterinarians, farriers, feed and hay suppliers, and supplementary horse care experts. Their support allows us to give our -everything they need in order to do this important work. A personal “happiness plan” is developed for each animal which includes consideration of their unique personality and ability to serve.

    Potential program horses must:

    * Complete a minimum 30-day trial period,during which we expose them to all aspects of the work they are expected to do.

    * Be sound and seasoned (have had a former “career”so that they have a work ethic)

    * Be between 8-20 years of age. All sizes and breeds are considered.

    * Fill a niche in the program.

    * Enjoy the work!

    Yearly well-care for each horse is $2,000($167/mo). We are always looking for Horse Sponsors, so please call Polly Cohen, Program Director at (541) 382-9410ext. 10 if interested! Healing Reins Horse Sponsorship form.docx

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