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REINS mission is to provide personal growth and development through equine assisted therapeutic educational and recreational activities
REINS, Inc. is a non-profit Wisconsin corporation committed to improving the lives of those with special needs through individually structured classes using therapeutic interactions with horses. We are a premier therapeutic horseback riding center accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl).
REINS has been serving people with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities in Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties since 1982. We offer summer programs 3-4 days per week during the months of June, July and August to people ages 4-65. REINS is a place where people come to heal and to make friends that last a lifetime. We strive to provide support and growth opportunities for all our participants.
REINS is a charitable organization under the IRS classification 501(c)(3), and donations are tax deductible.
Therapeutic riding is an exciting field in which horses are used as a tool for physical therapy, emotional growth and learning. Many riders experience a connection to the horse that few sports can create.
For those riders who cannot walk, the horse is their vehicle of transport. Not only does this help raise their self-esteem but it also teaches them essential skills such as overcoming fears and anxieties. It improves balance, creates trust and creates a friendship between rider and horse. The benefits of horseback riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence and patience. Some of the most common benefits reported include increased physicality, improved focus and attention, modification of inappropriate behaviors and increased social interaction and communication. The unique movement and sensory stimulation of the horse affects the success of this program as well as the supportive environment of our facility and the increased motivation of the Rider to participate and complete the structured activities and exercises in the riding class setting.
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