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TEACH Program

Therapy and Education Activities for Children with Horses

The TEACH Program incorporates equine-facilitated learning to improve literacy and learning readiness, and contribute to the social and emotional health of children ages 3-7 in Memphis city schools.

Learning Readiness Program

Southern Reins is collaborating with Perea Preschool to launch a Pilot Program with students ages 3-4, generously funded by the Urban Child Institute. In collaboration with their Director of Education and incorporating Tennessee Academic Standards, the lesson curriculum provides an equine-facilitated educational environment with a hands-on approach to reading, science, geography, social studies, and math. The program consists of weekly classroom visits and interactions with our United Kingdom Shetland ponies. Their small size and gentle nature makes our ponies the perfect partners to provide a new and unique approach to engaging students in learning readiness to promote educational goal achievement.  

Reading Incentive Program

Our Reading Incentive Program is designed to improve literacy and encourage successful reading habits for elementary school children. Incorporating Tennessee Academic Standards, the curriculum is modeled after the “Reading with Rosie” program created by Strides to Success.  By creating a positive association between stories of animals and reading, our research-based program offers children a safe educational and interactive opportunity with our ponies to develop their English language skills and motivation to read.

Meet Clyde

Clyde is our TEACH Program pony ambassador.  
He is a United Kingdom Shetland pony who joined our program in 2020 from our friends at Personal Ponies.  

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Professional Staff

The TEACH Program is conducted under the direct supervision of  a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor or a PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist.  

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

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