REINS Therapy Horses serve as unique vehicles for inspiring positive changes in the lives of our riders. REINS herd of 20 horses have all been donated! Clearly, without people in the community donating exceptional horses, we would be unable to operate.
We Care For Our Horses...
REINS offers the best possible care for our "Equine Therapists". Each horse is kept on a regular vaccination, de-worming and farrier schedule. Their nutritional needs are evaluated and addressed on an individual basis. The horses are turned out daily to romp and play and return to an individual pen with shelter at night. Each horse is assigned a special human buddy who gives his or her assigned horse special care and TLC. The horses are brushed thoroughl
y and examined for cuts or anything unusual daily. Additionally, our horses are placed on a fitness schedule to ensure each one stays in the best possible shape, both mentally and physically.
What we look for in a Therapy Horse...
REINS serves around 180 riders, with the assistance of over 100 volunteers each week. Serving our riders can be mentally and physically stressful for our equine therapists. Consequently, it is essential that our horses have a solid work ethic, enjoy people and are healthy and sound. A great therapy horse is sound at the walk, trot and canter, with three rhythmic and balanced gaits. The quality of the horse’s movement is what most benefits the participant. Other qualities we require include varied life experience, a quiet personality and at least eight years of age. Our riders have a very wide range of special needs, and our herd must be varied to meet those needs; therefore, the specific qualities we are seeking in a horse can change depending upon the current needs of our program.
The donation process...
REINS therapy horses carry precious cargo and we take great care in selecti
ng, evaluating and training them. Our Program Coordinator first evaluates all horses being considered to join the REINS herd. The horse’s conformation, movement, and behavior are evaluated, as well as their ground manners, ability under saddle, and suitability for riders with disabilities. If the horse is then accepted, he will come to REINS for a 90-day trial period. If the trial period is a success, donation papers are signed and REINS accepts the horse with gratitude. When a horse becomes ready for retirement the original owner has the right of first refusal. If they waive that right, REINS carefully selects a good home for our retiring Equine.
If you donate your horse to REINS you can be assured that your horse will receive exceptional care, unlimited love, and constant attention and appreciation. Further, you will receive the deep satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make a profound difference in the lives of children and adults with special needs!
Written by REINS Staff Last Updated on Friday, August 02, 2013