The mission of Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy 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. 

We offer services throughout the year. Our goal is to focus on the abilities of our participants, and our hard working team of therapy horses and ponies help them achieve, aspire and amaze.


Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy was founded in July of 2015 to serve people with disabilities and hardship who reside in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. Through healing power of horses, Southern Reins was born; and continues to improve the quality of life and life skills for people with disabilities and hardships throughout the Mid-South. With two campuses located in Shelby County and DeSoto County, our goal is to serve as many people as can benefit through the services we provide. 

Spending time with the horses at Southern Reins is not a luxury or a pony ride. . . it is a meaningful experience where people become more confident, communicative, physically stronger, and emotionally re-connected. Our program works to enhance education and life skills, and positively impacts the quality of life for a person with a disability.

Southern Reins has NO WAIT LIST. We are growing with the need of the community and are dedicated to ensure that everyone who can benefit from our program has the ability to do so.



Southern Reins offers programming to individuals with disabilities such as 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. Beginning with just 12 participants in the fall of 2015, the program has grown tremendously to serve a current roster of 250 individuals who participate in our programs throughout the year. 


Southern Reins offers 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 session 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 making new friends, and it brings fun and fulfillment to your life while making our community a better place. We have trained more than 800 volunteers since our inception. In 2019, volunteers contributed 8,675 hours of service to support our program, and we rely on the support of an average of 168 volunteers weekly.

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. 


Southern Reins continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Following the "Back to Business Plan" for Shelby County, Tennessee, we hope begin to offer limited programming at our Collierville Campus under Phase 2 of the plan; that is subject to change.  For more information about our Reopening Plan, CLICK HERE.  

For more information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, visit the CDC website:

In honor and in remembrance of our friend and volunteer, Nick Vergos, Southern Reins created the Nick Vergos Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This fund provides financial support to give individuals with disabilities and financial hardship the opportunity to participate in equine assisted activities and therapies at Southern Reins. Click Here to visit the Nick Vergos Memorial Scholarship Fund page.

Nick will be forever missed by our entire organization, and he will always be remembered for his compassion, caring, and pure joy in celebrating life every day. 

Changing lives . . .

Through the healing power of horses.

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Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy

916 Billy Bryant Road

Collierville TN 38017


501(c)3 Nonprofit EIN Number: 47-4647784

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