We look forward to more amazing sessions with another great group of individuals, volunteers, and horses!
Are you a parent or guardian of a 6-18 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!
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 participants 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. Each program is a six week commitment with each session lasting approximately 1 hour each week.
During riding sessions this Spring, all participants, parents/guardians, and volunteers will be required to wear a face mask as a Covid-19 precaution as we resume Sessions. All participants will also be required to wear a helmet. If you are unable to wear a face mask or your child is unable to wear a helmet and a face mask, we ask that you refrain from applying at this time. Thank you for your understanding. We will re-evaluate our guidelines based on the latest information regarding Covid-19 following Spring 2021 Sessions.
We offer two six week sessions throughout the year. Our Spring sessions are typically held at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, IA, and our Fall sessions are typically held at the Ranch within Camp Foster in Spirit Lake, IA. Location may be subject to change.
Applications for Spring Sessions are accepted from the second Monday in October until the fourth Friday in April and for Fall Sessions from the fourth Monday in May until the last Friday in July.
Each riding session works to increase social interaction, balance and coordination, neurological function, and sensory integration.
A parent or guardian must apply and complete the application by the deadline for the chosen program.
**Each program requires a new application be completed.
Upon Board Review of all applicants following the application deadline, a notification will be sent out regarding acceptance or refusal. This is typically a couple weeks prior to the start of the first session.
If selected for our riding program, a current physician's referral will need to be obtained. If the rider has Down's Syndrome, the referring physician will need to rule out Atlanto-Axial Dislocation Condition via a diagnostic x-ray.