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.

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  • 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.
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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:

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


  • Classes are scheduled monthly on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Group classes are scheduled in 2 hour blocks of time.
  • Individual sessions are scheduled for 1 hour on a more flexible schedule.   

Current Class Offerings:

  • 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.


Healing Reins is proud to offer Heroes Horsemanship sessions free of charge to First Responders, Veterans, and their family members. 
Please note that Healing Reins defines "First Responder" as law enforcement officers, paramedics, EMT's, Emergency Room medical staff, firefighters, as well as nurses, doctors and other medical personnel who are also required to respond directly to disasters and critical situations.

About Us:

Anvia (instructor): A long-time horse woman who is passionate about sharing all the amazing aspects of horses with people. Anvia has first-hand experience with family in the military. Before coming to Oregon, Anvia managed a program in Montana specializing in Veterans and their family. 

Aly (instructor)

Amy (family class instructor)

Brian (volunteer):

Tom (volunteer): "I wanted to be involved in the Heroes Horsemanship program because I am a Veteran and a Horseman and have experienced the healing power of Equine therapy on a very personal basis. I believe our Healing Herd can help our Veterans and First Responders enjoy their own positive release of stress and pain, and make it a family experience also."

Sign up today by completing the Participant Application!

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


2023 Class Dates

February 3rd 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

February 4th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

March 10th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

March 11th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

April 7th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

April 8th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

May 5th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

May 6th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

June 9th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

June 10th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

July 14th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

July 15th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

August 11th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

August 12th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

September 8th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

September 9th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

October 13th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

October 14th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

November 17th 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

November 18th 10:00-12:00 - Family Group + Adult-only Group

December (weather dependent) 1st 4:00-6:00 Adult-only Group

December (weather dependent) 2nd - Family Group + Adult-only Group

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