Hippotherapy is the use of the movement of a horse as a treatment strategy by an occupational, physical or speech therapist to reach stated therapeutic goals for the client. This strategy can be used to address physical, cognitive, and psychological needs in children as well as adults. Clients are referred by area doctors or therapists and services are provided weekly.
This program is our heaviest in terms of volunteers needed. Each client needs three people as well as the horse to do their therapy - one leader, one side walker and the therapist. Benefits to the client for this program cannot be overstated. Not only does the client improve physically, but somehow the horses and the outdoor environment improve behavior, attitude, and well-being. For more information visit American Hippotherapy Association.
Equine Assisted Learning
EAL is an experiential process in which horses are used as a tool for emotional and spiritual growth and learning. EAL is a joint effort between a therapist, a horse professional, and a trained therapy horse. This team effort is a strong benefit to the participants as they learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then processing (or discussing) the feelings, behaviors, and patterns that were revealed in the session.
This is not a riding program - 90% of these activities are done on the ground in the arena with the horse at liberty. EAL is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups.
EAL addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship patterns and communication needs. We are currently providing 2 different EAL programs. One for residential groups and one for family therapy.
Reins of Life offers school-based programs held during the school day for students from Stephens, Franklin, Hart, Habersham, and Banks counties. We are currently working with Summit Alternative School students, Alpine students, and Special Education students from several counties.
Sessions are held once a week for eights weeks and transportation is provided by the schools. We use experiential therapy to help students understand the consequences of their decisions and how they might make better choices. Sessions also include horsemanship, equine safety, life skills, and some academic work.
Riding lessons are available for children and youth ages 8 and up, and are held once a week for one hour. Groups consist of 4 - 6 students. Lessons include all aspects of horse care, riding, and psychology.
Summer Horse Camp
Horse Camp is a blast! We typically have three weeks of Horse Camp scheduled each year. Instruction is specific to riding level and ability, and the camp is open to all youth ages 8-18. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM each day. Friday is Graduation Day, and parents are invited to come so the kids can share what they have been working on. For upcoming camps, see our events page >