"Ask Sara" Blog

March 1, 2018

One of the things that a lot of our participants deal with on a daily basis is Sensory Processing Disorder. I wanted to write this blog post to help our volunteers understand how some of our participants process certain things, and how many of them are over sensitive or under sensitive to the world around them in an effort to help them understand why we see some of the reactions that we see in the ring everyday.

Our brains receive a steady stream of sensory information, like the smell of a meal cooking in the kitchen or the feeling of our clothing rubbing against our skin. When your brain receives this information it gives meaning to even the tiniest bits of that information. People with Sensory Processing Disorder have trouble keeping that information organized and responding to it appropriately. There is still very little scientific evidence as to why this happens and how many people are affected by it. Research using brain imaging is giving doctors a better understanding of what exac...

December 28, 2016

When you walk through the barn of Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, you will find horses of all shapes and sizes. There are many factors that must be considered when selecting an appropriate therapy horse; from past experience to gait, and even personality. In this post I will be focusing on our trial period and how size and soundness pertain to the selection process.

At Southern Reins each horse goes through a 90-day trial period before they officially become a part of our therapy horse team. We look for horses sound of body and mind, as this can be a very mentally and physically demanding job.

First and most importantly, I allow them plenty of time to settle into their new surroundings and the herd they will be turned out with. How a horse gets along with the members of the herd is very important. If they are stressed out or unhappy for any reason, it will absolutely carry over into their other daily activities. We have multiple large paddocks that allow us to group the horses...

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