Research shows that equine-assisted services can improve balance, coordination, mobility, sensory integration, attention, problem-solving, empathy, impulse control, self-esteem, and much more.
Reins of Hope allows individuals between ages 2-18 with a diagnosed disability the opportunity to ride and connect with a horse. All horses are tested prior to use in our programs. Each participant will have two side walkers beside them for assistance and safety.
We offer two, seven week, programs throughout the year. Our sessions are typically held at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, IA. Location may be subject to change.
Spring Applications Due by the third Tuesday in April.
Fall Applications Due by the second Tuesday in July.
Each program is a seven week commitment with each session lasting approximately 1 hour each week.
Are you a parent or guardian of a 2 - 18 year old with differing abilities? Are you looking for an opportunity to expand their well-being?
Do you have a love of horse? Enjoy working with youth? Want to be a part of something great? Join the Fun and make a difference in a young person's life!
Riding session may increase social interaction, balance and coordination, neurological function, and/or sensory integration.
**Each program requires a new application be completed.
By applying, you are committing to attend 1x/wk for 1 hr each week for the six to seven week program (pending facility availability), if accepted.
A parent or guardian must complete and submit ALL aspects of the application process by the deadline for the chosen program.
A current Physician's Referral will need to be obtained as part of the application process. **If the rider has Down's Syndrome, the referring physician will need to rule out Atlanto-Axial Dislocation Condition via a diagnostic x-ray.
If an individual is not selected as a participant and meets our requirements, they may be asked to be placed on our Wait-List and asked to participate in our Welcome Night. Being part of our Wait-List means you may be contacted and offered to participate for a session if a chosen participant is unable to attend.
Upon Board Review of all applicants following the application deadline, a notification will be sent out regarding acceptance or refusal. This occurs approximately 2 weeks prior to the the first session.