Stories of Changing Lives

We work with Healing Reins because they help individuals on their journey of recovery. Healing Reins offers a unique clinical experience that connects with teens in ways that more traditional therapies alone often don’t. When individuals form a special relationship with their horse, we see the results in personal growth and improved outcomes. These relationships help foster skills in the areas of boundaries, communication, self-awareness, empathy, and self-control. We regularly hear from the youth we serve that Healing Reins is a meaningful part of their treatment. Healing Reins plays an important role in our program and we are proud to partner with them.

Colby Hammer, LPC

Clinical Treatment Director , Rimrock Trails Treatment Services

My name is Donavon and I have been riding at Healing Reins a little over 2 years. I was scared when I first started riding. I had never been around a horse and I never rode. My first time of riding I was scared but my Leader and Sidewalker and Staff helped me get over my fear. Now I volunteer and ride at Healing Reins. I love working with the other horses and riders too. I ride on Wednesday and I can’t wait until it is my day to ride Maleah. I love Healing Reins!

Donavon Johnson

Rider and Teen Volunteer

Healing Reins has been one of the greatest influences in my granddaughter Maddie’s life. They have helped to build confidence and self esteem in her doing it with love and firmness. I have watched as my Maddie who was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy, grow in her confidence and self esteem peppered with responsibility and a strong love and respect for horses and her instructors. I have been so blessed with their kindness and generosity and empathy. All of this and the knowledge of how to help the disabled both physically and emotionally. Thank-you Healing Reins for an amazing job with not just Maddie but all the riders at Healing Reins

Linda Linley Maxey

Maddie's Grandmother

Working at Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center (HRTRC) as an equine-facilitated psychotherapist has been absolutely wonderful. I have seen many client go through great changes because of the support they receive from their equine friends. Gaining confidence, learning empathy, calming anxiety, and experiencing joy are just a few of the skills I see develop in my clients on a daily bases. Equine-facilitated psychotherapy is a powerful mental health modality, and I feel blessed to be a part of it with the HRTRC staff and community.

Lisa Bradley, MA, R-DMT

Moving Strides, LLC.

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