Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy Opens Its Doors to Serve People with Disabilities
Updated: Mar 3
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, a new non-profit organization located in Nesbit, Mississippi, has launched a new therapeutic riding program to support individuals with disabilities. Serving southwest Tennessee, northern Mississippi and northeast Arkansas, the program offered its first 8-Week Fall Lesson Session in August, and currently has 20 participants enrolled for the 3-Week Holiday Session in December. Therapeutic riding lessons target physical, social and recreational goals, fostering positive self‐awareness, increased muscle strength and coordination, and allowing for outdoor recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.
“This program is so greatly needed in our community,” says Chairman and Co-Founder, Kirby Dobbs Floyd. “To see the breakthroughs that are happening on the backs of our horses and ponies is nothing short of miraculous, and we look forward to growing our program to meet the needs of people with disabilities throughout the Mid-South to help them achieve, aspire and amaze.”
Southern Reins serves people with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and more. “Therapeutic riding is not a luxury or a pony ride,” states Jill Haag, Executive Director. “It is a one-of-a-kind experience where we focus on the abilities of our riders . . . and where disabilities disappear. Often times it is the only therapy that works to enhance the quality of life for a person with a disability.”
The program currently offers equine assisted activities including therapeutic riding and barn lessons in a group and individual format. In the near future Southern Reins will be offering equine facilitated mental health and Hippotherapy.
“My son, Jack, is autistic and he is typically very anxious with many sensory issues.” says Ginger Boyington. “I’ve never seen him more relaxed than when he is riding at Southern Reins. The staff and volunteers are great in their encouragement of him to communicate and participate. He’s found acceptance here.”
Southern Reins will be hosting an 8-Week Spring Lesson Session March 21 through May 14, 2016. For more information about the program and participation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-290-1011.
About Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
Southern Reins was founded in July of 2015 to provide therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to help individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship. We serve children and adults with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and more. This unique program provides one-of-a-kind experiences where participants throughout the Mid-South become more confident, communicative, physically capable and emotionally re-connected. Southern Reins is a PATH, International Member Center and all instructors are PATH Certified. For more information, visit www.southernreins.org or call 901-290-1011.