Welcome to REINS

Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths

Welcome to the REINS website! We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit Therapeutic Riding Program located in Fallbrook, California. At REINS, children and adults with disabilities learn how to ride horses and have fun doing it. So we would like to invite you down to REINS to see the program first hand!

REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program…Changing Lives One Ride at a Time!

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Aug 8 – Sep 8


VOTE for REINS! Toyota We Care, You Choose 2017

October 14

16x9 for Screen

REINS 21st Annual Country Hoedown

November 19 – 26

REINS Closed for Thanksgiving Break

December 16

REINS Christmas Party


REINS was happy to attend and share about our program at the State of the Chamber dinner last night. Executive Director, Debbie Shinner, pictured here with Kim Shinner and Foundation for Senior Care's Rachel Mason and Theresa Geracitano. @reinsprogram @foundationforseniorcare @fallbrookchamberofcommerve @PalaMesaRes ...

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REINS Student Spotlight:
This sweet little girl is always happy, smiling, and loves to giggle with her instructor and volunteers! Myla started riding at REINS just over a year ago when she 3 years old. The muscles in her legs were very tight, which made it difficult for her to sit up tall on her #therapyhorse Mable. Mable's steady walk helped Myla keep better head control and work on loosening her muscles and strengthening her core - she can now sit up tall and almost completely independently!

Myla's instructor Alyssa is still helping her to work on her core strength so that she can sit up on her horse without the aid of a pillow and also can hold her weight using her arms and flat hands.

REINS instructor Alyssa loves her lessons with Myla, saying, "Myla always lights up my afternoon on Friday! She is always in a good mood and her little 1 year old sister likes to help feed Mable her carrots at the end of Myla's lesson."

We can't wait to see the progress you'll make this year, Myla!

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REINS 21st Annual Country Hoedown 2017

October 14, 2017, 4:00pm - October 14, 2017, 10:00pm

REINS 21st Annual Country Hoedown Saturday, October 14th, 2017 4 pm to 10 pm Tickets available via link below! $55 Presale $65 At Door $45 Military & Senior $25 Child 5 pm REINS Riding Demonstration 6 pm Dinner Live Music by Clay Colton Band Silent Auction, BBQ, Casino, Carnival Games The REINS Country Hoedown draws over 800 guests from our local community. The evening includes a delicious BBQ Dinner by Firehouse Que and Brew, live country music by The Clay Colton Band, a silent auction, carnival game area, and riding demostrations by our very own riders! For our 21st year we have added a casino gaming area that will include tables for BlackJack "21" and Roulette. All proceeds from this event go directly to support REINS. Our mission is to support the physical, mental and emotional health of disabled children and adults with therapeutic horse-related programs. Contact Kim for Sponsorship Opportunities (760) 731-9168

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Whether you want to donate a horse, sponsor a rider, or contribute to the program, all help is truly appreciated. Donations are welcome in any form and any amount, so check out our Wish List. We would not be here today if it were not for the support and love of so many in our community.


REINS wouldn’t be possible without its amazing staff of weekly volunteers. Volunteers make the program what it is by participating in various duties. Anywhere from leading horses during lessons to side walking with students to ensure safety, as well as grooming and tacking horses, and maintaining and improving the facility.


REINS provides therapy to nearly 200 students with a wide variety of conditions. Meaningful and purposeful activities are used with the client based on their interests and needs. During lessons, clients can work to refine fine motor, gross motor, bilateral coordination, oral motor and visual motor skills.

About Us

REINS is a place for our students to thrive! It is also a supportive community for our special riders and their brave families, people who rarely find a place where they are the majority.

Our mission is to support the physical, mental and emotional health of disabled children and adults with therapeutic equine-assisted activities. 

I saw a child who couldn’t walk

Sit on a horse, laugh and talk.

I saw a child born into strife,

Take up and hold the reins of life…

– John Anthony Davies

What others say about us

Lisa Almendarez

“REINS is not only for the special people that ride every day and the volunteers that give so much of themselves.  REINS’ magic lies in the directors that care and dream, instructors that teach, horses that support and the riders that inspire.”

Lisa Almendarez REINS Parent/Instructor
Helen Lovaas

“REINS has provided enrichment in the lives of children and their parents unlike anything money can buy.  Lord willing, it can continue on for many lifetimes.”

Helen LovaasLegacy Donor
Bettye Geurin-Burns

“Our Foundation seeks out organizations who work with children who have physical or learning challenges.  REINS of Fallbrook has proven to be the best example of positively impacting lives.

The Staff and Volunteers are unwavering in their dedication to each student.  They are knowledgeable, professional caring and loving. 

This year, 2015 will be our fourth year to fund their October Hoedown Fundraiser…we consider it an honor.”

Bettye Geurin-BurnsPresidentDonegan Burns Foundation
Sarah Nystrom and Carol Curtis

“I like the people – we are family. I like the tractor work and riding on the tractor. I like riding by myself.” -Sarah

“I love learning new things riding a horse. I grow as a person and it builds my self confidence.” -Carol

Sarah Nystrom and Carol CurtisStudents and Volunteers
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