Mission, Vision and History
To serve individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship by providing equine-assisted activities and therapies to empower, inspire, nurture and succeed.
To provide transformative experiences through equine-assisted services to serve the growing needs of the Mid-South community.
Diversity and Inclusion Declaration
Southern Reins is committed in policy, principle, and practice to celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion for all. We know that diversity drives innovation, equality enhances our corporate culture, and inclusion promotes authenticity. We affirm our commitment to inclusivity in all we do, and embrace the diversity of humankind with ethical responsibility, acceptance, and respect.
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy was founded in July of 2015 to serve people with disabilities and hardship in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. Operations originated in Nesbit, MS where the organization began offering equine-assisted services to support the Mid-South community.
Southern Reins purchased its permanent home in Collierville, Tennessee in 2018.
Our facility today sits on 30 acres in the heart of Memphis horse country and includes a 12-stall barn, attached covered riding arena, Crosstie Pavilion, 6 turnout pastures, Learning Center, and administrative building.
Southern Reins is a charitable non-profit organization, EIN #47-4647784
Community Impact Statement
In the greater Memphis area there are 322,690 residents with disabilities age 5-64 who have the opportunity to benefit from equine-assisted services offered by Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy. We are the only Premier Accredited Center in greater Memphis area recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), and one of three in the state of Tennessee. Premier accredited centers represent the highest industry standards for safety, program quality, and facility operations to support people with special needs.
Working with horses, our program offers children and adults a unique combination of sport, recreation and education in a safe and nurturing environment. Using horses as a catalyst for change, participants experience improvement in communication and social skills, sensory processing and cognitive retention, and overall physical ability that contributes to positive life change. Participants are able to turn struggle into success as they build strength, develop confidence, and learn riding skills that translate to improvements in their overall quality of life.
Changing lives . . . One ride at a time.