HOW DOES IT WORK?

Reining Hope uses horses and ranch-related activities to help students mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Fitting with our belief that every young person has a need, our program allows for individual care and attention. Thanks to the many donors who believe in the program, we provide all sessions for free.

Sessions are scheduled for the spring, summer, and fall. Each season has approximately seven sessions total.

Our goal is for each student to build the confidence and the skills to graduate from being served at the ranch to eventually serving others on or outside the ranch. We strongly encourage our students to volunteer within their capabilities. We’ve witnessed faster and deeper healing in those students who have chosen to volunteer.

Things we are not:
  • We are not a certified equine therapy center, though we follow many of the same safety regulations
  • We do not provide riding lessons
  • We do not offer trail rides

CHILD & YOUTH PROGRAM

Each student is paired with the same Session Leader during an entire season. This builds lasting friendships and genuine trust, encouraging the student to feel confident and secure as they work with the horses. Horse activities vary and may include grooming, riding, games, etc. Ranch-related activities may include gardening, crafts, games, etc.

Each session is unique and specifically designed for each student. The 90-minute session may include the following:

  • A 10-15 minute chore, which may include cleaning water troughs, mucking stalls, weeding gardens, etc. The chores enable students to build positive self-esteem and responsibility.
  • Grooming horses
  • Working with horses from the ground
  • Riding horse in saddle or bareback
  • Playing various games from horseback
  • Ranch-related activities (i.e. building birdhouses, crafts, games, etc.)

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Reining Hope believes all young people have a need, even if that need is a new friend. The Child & Youth Program is designed for anyone within the ages of 4-18 who can benefit from one-on-one mentorship and interaction with horses. Each student must want to participate in the program; we cannot provide sessions to students who are forced to be at the ranch.

To register, please go to the Registration page.

YOUNG ADULTS PROGRAM

Each student is paired with the same Session Leader during an entire season. This builds lastings friendships and genuine trust, encouraging the student to feel confidant and secure as they work the horses. The Young Adults program is modeled after the Child & Youth Program, and specifically designed to meet the needs of young adults with disabilities.

Each session is unique and specifically designed for each student. The 90-minute session may include the following:

  • A 10-15 minute ranch-related chore, which may include cleaning water troughs, mucking stalls, weeding gardens, etc. The chores enable students to build positive self-esteem and responsibility.
  • Bible Study
  • Grooming horses
  • Working with horse from the ground
  • Riding horse in saddle or bareback
  • Playing various games from horseback
  • Ranch-related activities (i.e. building projects, crafts, games, etc.)

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

The Young Adults Program is designed specifically for young adults (in their 20s & 30s) who have been diagnosed with a special need. We offer sessions to young men and women with physical, mental, or emotional needs. Each student must ant to participate in the program; we cannot provide sessions to students who are forced to be at the ranch.

To register, please go to the Registration page.