Therapeutic Horsemanship

Therapeutic Horsemanship is a powerful outlet for children, teenagers, and adults with a wide variety of cognitive, emotional, physical, and developmental challenges. These challenges include autism to PTSD, depression to cerebral palsy, and everything in between. Our PATH Internationally certified instructor staff is well-equipped to help all individuals gain success and feel supported in our Therapeutic Horsemanship classes, regardless of background or prior experience. Lesson plans are tailored to meet the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral needs of the individual participant, with individual progress documented weekly. All participants are supported by trained volunteers who are an important part of the learning team. Our services are designed to help create a therapeutic environment for all participants, and to create a movement towards health and wholeness that lasts long past their class-time each week.

Social interaction, building relationships, and participation in group activities are all part of the therapeutic process. Through the movement of the horse, participants strengthen fine and gross motor skill development, core strength, muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Through the partnership with our dedicated volunteers and horses, participants gain confidence, trust, and emotional honesty, while improving communication and social skills.  Through appropriate sensory input, participants gain decision-making, problem-solving, task-sequencing, and critical thinking skills.

At Healing Reins, we know that horses heal each one of us in different ways - we see it happen every day. We celebrate every victory with our participants and we treat each individual with dignity and respect. We are passionate about the power of horsemanship in every situation and we would love to answer any questions you may have about our services and expertise.

For more information, please visit our Therapeutic Horsemanship Information Packet.

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Recreational Horsemanship

At Healing Reins, we believe that horses are uniquely powerful and that the skills and relationships we build with them are life-changing.

We’ve seen the power of horsemanship in the lives of our therapeutic participants, our staff, and our volunteers. We firmly believe that this recreational horsemanship service is a way to offer this unique relationship to our community in broader ways, and we are so honored to share it. Our talented staff, well-trained herd, and welcoming barn environment make Recreational Horsemanship a wonderful horseback-riding option for both adults and youth in Central Oregon.

Recreational Horsemanship classes are offered as a 6-week series, with 1 hour-long class per week, taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginner participants work with their instructor to establish a solid foundation in basic horsemanship skills, learning everything from horse safety to groundwork to riding.  While more advanced participants are coached to fine-tune their horsemanship skills. The safe, comfortable, and easy-going atmosphere of the Healing Reins barn allows participants to learn at their own pace without feeling rushed or pressured.

We have classes available for every level and accept participants as young as 6 years old.  In addition, your tuition helps to fund scholarships for our Therapeutic Horsemanship participants. This creates even more space for hope and growth at Healing Reins.

For more information, please visit our Recreational Horsemanship Handbook.

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Equine Assisted Learning

Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional, and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Working with horses provides opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, honesty, and communication. Horses use mostly non-vocal communication, relying on body language and social cues, and are in-tune with human behavior. This can help participants to better understand and learn how non-verbal communication might be impacting or influencing others in their lives.

Healing Reins is pleased to work with local agencies such as Cascade Crest Transitions, Rimrock Trails Adolescent Treatment Center, and New Leaf Academy to provide residential clients with the unique and transformational experience of working with horses. Weekly group work supports individual therapeutic goals for adolescents and young adults in treatment. Clients are paired with program horses and guided through therapeutic activities to build trust, self-awareness, healthy self-concept, and confidence.

If you are an agency interested in contracting with Healing Reins to offer your clients a unique equine-assisted learning experience, please contact Penny Campbell via email or call her directly at 541-382-9410.

Veterans Services

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center provides no-cost EAAT (equine-assisted activities and therapies) services for our heroic servicemen and women. We recognize the tremendous sacrifice that brings many of these men and women to our facility. We want every single participant to feel valued, empowered, and encouraged.

Equine services provide emotional, cognitive, social, and physical benefits for veterans. Whether it be our therapeutic horsemanship lessons or our mental health sessions, interaction with horses can increase self-esteem, self-worth, trust for others, and community integration. This service also allows for decreased depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder attacks, and self-inflicting thoughts.