I Saw A Child

I saw a child who couldn't walk, sit on a horse, laugh and talk. Then ride it through a field of daisies and yet he could not walk unaided.

I saw a child, no legs below, sit on a horse, and make it go through woods of green and places he had never been to site and stare, except from a chair.

I saw a child who could only crawl mount a horse and sit up tall. Put it through degrees of paces and laugh at the wonder in our faces.

I saw a child born into strife, take up and hold the reins of life and that same child was heard to say, "Thank God for showing me the way..."

Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center's mission is to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through the use of horse therapy.

Our Beginnings

In September, 2002 a Board of Directors was formed and work began on creating a therapeutic riding center program. In the Spring, 2003, Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center became a reality and was officially incorporated with the State of Indiana.

Who are we?

We are a non-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and an accredited center for the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). NARHA oversees a 700+ member network, provides safety guidelines, specialized insurance and professional contacts at other established therapeutic riding centers.

What are the benefits of a riding class?

Horse riding is a widely recognized and progressive form of therapy. The ability to control a horse as well as one's own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork. Best of all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which creates a special relationship between rider and horse.

How is a riding class structured?

Riding classes are designed to incorporate educational, medical and recreational components.

To create the best environment, a riding instructor will review each rider's ability and design a riding curriculum that is indivualized. A riding instructor, a horse leader and one to two volunteers will be assigned to the rider.

Safety and stable manners are observed at all times.

Where is your facility located?

Our sessions are held at Freedom Reins, 1077 N. Meridian Rd. , Jasper, Indiana.

Who is eligible to become a rider?

This program is designed for individuals with physical, mental or emotional challenges.