Making Strides Recreation Therapy Program

The Making Strides programs at Southern Reins assist and support community resources through one of three programming paths: Recreation Therapy, Mental Health, and Equine Assisted Learning.


Southern Reins currently offers recreation therapy, and will be adding mental health and equine-assisted learning in the near future.

Making Strides Program areas of focus include:

  • Providing personal growth

  • Demonstrating problem-solving

  • Improving appropriate communication

  • Demonstrating self-discipline

  • Increasing trust

  • Demonstrating respect


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Recreation Therapy Program Overview


Making Strides Recreation Therapy Program is a systematic process that utilizes equine-assisted recreation interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being. The purpose of the recreation therapy process is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual functioning in order to facilitate full participation in life. Services are provided or directly supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. The goal of the Making Strides Recreation Therapy Program is to offer a therapeutic program that targets enhanced self-awareness, self-concept, and the development of trusting nonjudgmental and reciprocal relationships. Each day a new topic is introduced to focus on goal achievement. By developing sensitivity to a horse in the natural world, participants can enhance and improve their life skills.  Intimate contact with a powerful animal affords people a higher degree of empathy and awareness that can be transferred to others, build respect and trust, and improve communication.

The program offers two tracks:  A 6-week unmounted session, and an 8-week unmounted and mounted combined session. ​Using the horse as a treatment tool for Recreational Therapy works for many clients, with each gleaning the rewards in their own personal way. Horses can enlighten the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and to some degree, spiritual domains of a human being.

Professional Staff

The Making Strides Recreation Therapy Program is conducted under the direct supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. In addition, Southern Reins’ provides professional staff certified as a PATH Intl. Equine Specialist for the unmounted activities, or a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor for unmounted and mounted activities. 

For more information, contact Sara Zurenko, Program Director, at Sara.Zurenko@southernreins.org