Heroes Horsemanship

Veterans, active-duty military and first responders

Healing Reins is honored to offer our community’s veterans, active-duty military and first responders a transformative, healing, and rewarding experience with horses through horsemanship, equine-assisted learning, and counseling. Our beautiful, peaceful farm environment provides a calming and stress-reducing place to gain a new perspective.

Why Horses?

Horses provide a powerful partnership in learning and personal growth. Our horsemanship programs are designed to build upon the horse-human bond and its effects of healing, building trust and improving relationships. Our Equine-assisted mental health supports the healing of scars, PTSD and re-integration into society and family.

What to Expect:

These sessions are facilitated by specially trained and passionate staff and volunteers. Scroll down to learn more about the team!


  • Classes are scheduled Bi-monthly on Saturdays at our Tumalo Site Location: 65325 Cline Falls Hwy .
  • Group classes are scheduled in 2 hour blocks of time.
  • Individual sessions are scheduled for 1 hour on a more flexible schedule.   


Healing Reins is proud to offer Heroes Horsemanship sessions free of charge to First Responders, Veterans, and their family members. 

Sign Up Today!

Please note the following:

  • The participant application will take 15-20 minutes to fill out.
  • There are mandatory and optional sections.
  • A physician’s release is required for those interested in riding, as their skills increase.
  • Once you have submitted your application, our office will reach out to you about scheduling a class time.
Heroes Horsemanship Application

Participants will gain:

  • A better understanding of what ground work is and how we utilize it for therapeutic gain and when/why we offer riding in some of these lessons.
  • Basic knowledge of horse safety
  • How to build a working relationship with a horse
  • What therapeutic outcomes to expect

What We Offer:

  • Skills-Based Group Class: focuses on developing horsemanship skills for adult participants from the ground on up to the saddle. 
  • One-on-One Introductory Session: offered for those who are not ready to join a group class, or would like to “try it out” before signing up for more. These individual one-time sessions can be offered on a more flexible schedule.
  • Family Group Class: focuses family togetherness fun, while engaging with horses through ground work and kid-friendly activities. 
  • Mental Health: separate from the group horsemanship classes, we offer individual counseling session. Click here (insert link) to find out more about Equine Assisted Mental Health.

Open Drop-In Sessions: Bi-Monthly

Designed for those that just need some quiet hang-time with an understanding and intuitive equine partner.

Family Groups:

An enjoyable family friendly experience. Veteran’s families with children 6 and older learn horsemanship skills and spend time together. Family participation is un-mounted. Those interested in mounted work are referred to our special Heroes & Family Therapeutic Horsemanship lessons.

Next Steps:

Please complete the Heroes Horsemanship Application below to express your interest in one or more groups. You will be contacted about upcoming session attendance.

Equine Assisted Mental Health can be scheduled for individuals, families or group sessions. Contact Lisa Bradley Lisab@healingreins.org  at Healing Reins for more information.

We welcome all Veterans and First Responders to join us out at the barn. We have the ability to accommodate special groups! Let us know if you have a department, support group or team that you would like to schedule

Heroes Horsemanship Application

Upcoming 2023 Class Dates

  • August 12th 1:00pm or 2:00pm (depending on interest levels) – Adult-only Group
  • August 26th 1:00pm or 2:00pm (depending on interest levels) – Family Group

Meet our Healing
Herd of Horses

The equine members of our team are hugely important to us and are chosen very carefully. The ideal therapy horse is sound and unflappable, with a been-there-done-that attitude. Our herd members have had careers in dressage, high school equestrian teams, trail riding, ranch work, and more. Miles and experience add up to the quiet, assured horses our participants need.

Meet Them