Reins from Above

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Reins From Above is a 501c3 non-profit organization and PATH International center member that provides horseback riding as therapy to children and adults with special needs.


The horse motivates riders to use their hands, legs and voice in ways they’ve never done before. Children who are deaf learn to balance better. Children who are blind learn good posture, which strengthens their muscles to help them hold their heads up. Children with Cerebral Palsy break their tendency to bend their legs inward because they’re forced to stretch their muscles outward to stay atop the horse. But often more important than the physical accomplishments is that riding horses increases a sense of self worth and self-esteem.

Therapeutic Riding is the core of our program. Certified PATH instructors, with trained volunteers, assist riders to achieve goals, acquire horsemanship skills, and establish a special bond with their horses. We also have volunteers that are certified to use the Horse Boy Method, when appropriate.

We serve children and adults (ages 3 and up) with a wide range of special needs, such as autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, sensory integration disorder, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, stroke, mental health issues and behavior challenges. Physicians, therapists, counselors, teachers, family members and friends refer participants to RFA. Participants may come to RFA as individuals or as part of a school, recreation, therapy or other group. No clinical diagnosis is necessary to participate; however, participants must have a need for our specialized, therapeutic environment.