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Reins of Rhythm is a riding and horsemanship program based in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. We are a non-profit organization reaching out to local young people, joining able-bodied, special needs, and disadvantaged youth in a shared love and appreciation for horses as athletes, companions, and therapy partners.

Our mission is to embrace every young person that joins our program and to identify how the program can most benefit each child.  For all of our riders, this entails learning  equestrian skills including riding, handling, and caring for horses while developing athleticism, responsibility, and respect for another living creature.  For many riders, this means engaging in an activity plan that we design precisely to target their specific physical weaknesses or cognitive disabilities.  For others, this means experiencing the opportunity to learn to trust another and progress to building relationships in a healthy environment.  Regardless of their individual situation, all of our riders are encouraged to develop a range of skills, build healthy relationships, and have lots of fun in a positive and nurturing environment.

The riding program welcomes youth ages 4 – 18.  Our instructors work closely with each rider, developing an individualized lesson plan and setting personal goals tailored to each youth’s needs and interests, and all of our riders are encouraged to participate in the many fun group activities that we host each year.

For more information on how horses are becoming increasing valued as therapy partners, please explore these resources!

  • Promotes Physical Exercise
  • Increases Motivation
  • Increases Confidence
  • Develops Social Skills
  • Provides Beneficial Recreation
  • Teaches Responsibility and Care
  • Creates Interaction
  • Improves Coordination and Balance
  • Develops Focus
  • Provides Muscle Stimulation
  • Enhances Coping Skills

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