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 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 healing of scars, PTSD and re-integration into society and family.

What to Expect:

Heroes Horsemanship sessions at Healing Reins are facilitated by specially trained and passionate Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors, staff first responders and a partner veteran. See below for our co-facilitator bios.

Our Heroes programs consist of small groups engaging in multi-week horsemanship skill building sessions with the potential of mounted work, open drop-in groups and family groups.

Group work is designed for the diverse needs of Central Oregon veterans and first responders. Healing Reins also has a thriving equine assisted mental health clinic on site for those Heroes interested in individual counseling, family counseling or group therapy.

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:

Skill Building Sessions: Offered on a monthly rotating schedule. You do not have to attend consecutive weeks to progress through the skills.

  • Ground Work Level I – 3 weeks
  • Ground Work Level II – 3 weeks
  • Intro to Mounted Work – 3 weeks

Open Drop-In Sessions: Monthly

Designed for those that just need some quiet hang-time with an understanding and intuitive equine partner. No RSVP required.

Family Groups: Every other month

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 here 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.

Sign up today by completing the Heroes Horsemanship application here!

We welcome all Veteran 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



Attend one of our free Heroes Horsemanship sessions

Available Dates Include:

November 12 - 12:00pm-2:00pm
Open Drop In (Family Day)

December 16 - 4:00p-6:00p
(Weather Dependent)

December 17 - 10:00a-12:00p
(Weather Dependent)

Click Here To RSVP for a Heroes Horsemanship Session

Please register for one or more of these dates by clicking the box above and completing our Heroes Horsemanship interest form.