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.

Heroes Horsemanship Intro Program

Dates: Friday Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm

Family/Friends day: Friday March 8 1:00-2:00 pm

Location: Tumalo site location 65325 Cline Falls Hwy

What to Expect:

Learn about leadership and communication from a horse’s point of view. This non riding group class offers veteran participants an opportunity to develop foundational horsemanship skills including haltering, grooming, leading, and routine care. Emphasis will be placed on developing a safe and positive relationship with your horse as you define what it means to work together as partners. Classes are held once a week for five weeks. Each class will focus on a different theme as it pertains to partnering with equines: context, care, communication, connection, and collaboration. Upon completion of the 5 classes, you will have an opportunity to invite family and friends out to meet your equine partner and get to know Healing Reins.


Healing Reins is proud to offer Heroes Horsemanship sessions free of charge to First Responders, Active Duty Military and Veterans. 

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

Additional Offerings Available:

  • Skills-Based Group Class: focuses on developing horsemanship skills for adult participants on the ground. 
  • 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.
  • Mental Health: separate from the group horsemanship classes, we offer individual counseling session. Click here to find out more about Equine Assisted Mental Health.

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 2024 Intro Program (5-week session)

Dates: Friday Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm

Family/Friends day: Friday March 8 1:00-2:00 pm

Location: Tumalo site location 65325 Cline Falls Hwy

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