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PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes

Southern Reins offers equine-assisted services for active, reserve, and retired military personnel and first responders who have been physically or mentally injured in the line of duty. Our PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes is offered at no cost to participants in honor of their service and sacrifice to our country.

Southern Reins is honored to support the PATH, Intl. Equine Services for Heroes Program.  The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for military men and women, as well as first responders, who have been injured in service to our country.  Equine-assisted activities offers physical and emotional healing, with a focus on building confidence, self-awareness, improved communication, trust, and decreased anxiety and stress. 

Participants may be referred by a physican or therapist, current or past participant, family member, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Wounded Warrior Project, Alpha Omega Veterans Services, emergency services, or other service organization.

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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 therapy.  Horses are powerful and forgiving, social and inquisitive, and they are highly attuned to their environment.  They provide a unique self-reflective experience that can provide healing in immeasurable ways. 


Adaptive horseback riding is offered for 6 weekly sessions that include 3 weeks of unmounted activities and 3 weeks of riding. Our horsemanship program is offered for 6 weekly sessions that include grooming, horse care, horsemanship, and groundwork. Participants are also invited to support the operation of our facility as a volunteer. 

Equine Services for Heroes offers adaptive horseback riding and horsemanship programs throughout the year to support those who have given so much defending our freedom. Through donor support, the program is offered at no cost.

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Special Thanks to our friends at 

Southern Reins Equine Services for Heroes is proud to serve the clients of

According to the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research 20% of the veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from either major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, and 19.5% of vets in these two categories have experienced a traumatic brain injury. 

Program Enrollment:

Equine Services for Heroes participants must complete a Participant Application Package and physician’s referral.  When the application package has been received, an assessment will be scheduled to determine if equine-assisted activities would be beneficial to the participant.

For more information, contact Sara Zurenko, Program Director, at

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