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PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes

Equine Services for Heroes supports active, reserve, and retired military personnel and first responders who have been physically or mentally injured in the line of duty. The program is offered at no cost to participants in honor of their service and sacrifice to our country.

Men and women diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, amputation, physical injury or combat trauma often find positive change and tremendous benefit from their involvement with equine-assisted services. Using horses the program offers physical and emotional healing with a focus on building confidence, self-awareness, improved communication and trust, and decreased anxiety and stress. 

Lessons are conducted by PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. The program serves active, reserve, and retired military personnel and first responders. 

Equine Services for Heroes is offered in 1 1/2 hour group sessions weekly. The program offers two tracks:  A 6-week unmounted session, and a 6-week unmounted and mounted combination session. Equine Services for Heroes sessions are offered throughout the year to support those who have given so much defending our freedom. Through donor support, the program is offered at no cost. Individuals are required to complete a Participant Application Package with a physician's referral for mounted lessons to participate in Equine Services for Heroes. 


For more information, contact Sara Zurenko, Program Director:

Our PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes Program is generously funded by the following community partners, as well as individual donors to fully subsidize the cost for every participant in our program.

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Participant Registration Information


For mounted activities, all prospective participants must complete and submit the Equine Services for Heroes Application Package that includes a participant profile, physician’s referral, hold harmless agreement, and more. For unmounted activities, all prospective participants must complete the Equine Services for Heroes Unmounted Application Package. All paperwork must be signed and submitted prior to the start of the session. 


Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is a Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). PATH Intl. premier accreditation assists the public in selecting quality centers that deliver safe equestrian services and certifies that a member organization has achieved industry standards for equine-assisted services for individuals with special needs. Southern Reins is the only Premier Accredited Center in the greater Memphis area and is one of only three in the state of Tennessee, joining the top tier of centers across the country who have received premier accredited status. 

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