Reins of Life, Inc.
9375 W 300 N
Michigan City, IN 46360
OUR VISION To improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy. OUR MISSION -To promote the mental, physical, emotional, and social growth of all involved in the program -To educate the community regarding the benefits of riding as therapy, and the abilities of children and adults with disabilities -To improve the attitudes of society toward persons with disabilities
Therapeutic Riding (TR) teaches a person with disabilities how to ride a horse while incorporating a wide range of therapeutic goals. Each lesson is designed to meet physical, educational, emotional and/or social skill goals based on the rider’s individual needs. Physical -Improved muscle control -Increased balance and strength -Improved cardio-respiratory function Cognitive -Increased concentration and memory -Improved basic learning skills -Improved communication skills Social -Improved self-esteem, discipline and courage -Improved interpersonal relationships
OUR STORY Reins of Life (ROL) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1978. That year, Reins provided 32 hours of therapeutic riding lessons for 16 riders. Classes were held in the backyards of friends of ROL. From 1978-1991 Reins used borrowed arenas, equipment, and tack to provide services and dedicated volunteers transported borrowed horses by trailer to the lesson sites each day. In 1991, Reins found a permanent home when Nancy and Lloyd Taylor donated twenty acres of their land near Lydick, IN. Reins of Life now serves over 500 riders with 3,000 hours of lesson time annually for residents of 10 counties in Indiana and Michigan. An unprecedented opportunity to expand the organization’s services came in June of 2007 from Todd and Janice Much in the form of a 46 acre equestrian center in Michigan City. Therapeutic riding lessons began in Michigan City on September 10, 2007 with 16 riders in the first session. Ridership in Michigan City has since tripled.