Therapeutic Carriage Driving


Ann takes a driving lesson at Healing Reins in Bend, Oregon

Ann takes a driving lesson at Healing Reins in Bend, Oregon

Therapeutic Carriage Driving is a fast-growing sport and is becoming increasingly recognized for its therapeutic value. Here at Healing Reins, our PATH-certified Therapeutic Carriage Driving program offers students with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities the rewards of interacting with a horse while driving a carriage. Using a horse and carriage gives participants an alternative to riding; opening up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to weight, balance, physical limitations, fear of heights or other issues.


Sean gets into the carriage with Instructor Cindy’s help.

Therapeutic Carriage Driving provides a distinct range of movements and a vast set of motor-sensory experiences. Therapeutic Carriage Driving is about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing and driving skills to children and adults. As with riding, there are precautions to driving so please contact Polly Cohen, Program Director at pollyc(at)healingreins(dot)org, for further information.

Therapeutic Driving is a great alternative to riding, particularly for participants who may be over our weight limit. Also, anyone who is challenged with balance and coordination issues can find independence, camaraderie and great mental and physical exercise by driving.

We also need volunteers in our driving classes. Teamwork is the key as it requires 3-5 volunteers per driving client, so we need your help and enthusiasm in each and every class, helping people discover a whole new way of interacting with our incredible horses. If driving sounds like the right therapy for you, or if you’d like to volunteer, call our office today for more information: 541-382-9410.

Download our Participant Handbook and our Participant Packet here!