Our Mission is to serve individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship by providing equine-assisted activities and therapies to empower, inspire, nurture and succeed.

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Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy was founded in July of 2015 to serve children and adults with disabilities and hardship throughout the Mid-South.  Located in the heart of Memphis horse country, Southern Reins offers equine assisted services throughout the year, and programming is provided six days a week.

The positive change we see in and out of the arena drives our passion to celebrate the ABILITY of each of our participants. Working with our horses, children and adults are able to turn struggle into success as they build strength, develop confidence, and achieve short and long-term goals through the healing power of horses.  Our program uses the talent of our staff, the time of our dedicated volunteers, and the training of our therapy horses to create a community of care for our participants.

Southern Reins subsidizes the cost for EVERY PARTICIPANT in our program through fundraising income, grants, and generous donations received from individuals, businesses, and clubs and organizations.



Southern Reins offers programming to individuals with disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and more.


Participants range in age from 2 to 78, with no upper limit to age. Southern Reins is committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through our programs that provide access and inclusion, foster compassion and caring, and encourage goal achievement and personal growth.


We offer adaptive horseback riding, Occupational Therapy incorporating  Hippotherapy, Making Strides Recreation Therapy Program, Silver Stirrups Program, horsemanship and barn lessons through our Unbridled Horsemanship Program, equine-assisted psychotherapy and PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes. We offer sessions throughout the year and all activities are conducted by PATH, Intl. certified riding instructors, AHA certified therapists and mental health professionals.



Volunteers are the core of our program. Southern Reins has numerous volunteer opportunities; including direct program support, barn help, equine care, special events, special projects and internships. 


Volunteering at Southern Reins provides vital help to support our participants, the opportunity to connect with others and make new friends, and it brings fun and fulfillment to your life while making our community a better place. We have trained more than 900 volunteers since our inception. In 2020, volunteers contributed 5,478 hours of service to support our mission.

The dedication of time and talent of our volunteer corp is what makes Southern Reins so special. We are grateful to each and every one of our volunteers for their contribution to the success of our program, and for joining our Southern Reins' family to help people with disabilities throughout our community.