Summer/Fall After School Program Runs Second Week of August Through September 19 (FULL)
Fall After School Program Begins First Week of October Through Week Before Thanksgiving (FULL)
To get placed on a waiting list for next spring, please contact Hope Reins by email or call (see CONTACT US section).
SEPTEMBER 20TH - Hope Reins will be providing a rest stop for the riders in the Grainger County Humane Society's annual bike ride. Games for riders will be held at Hope Reins during the rest stop with proceeds from entry fee of games being given to Hope Reins.
SEPTEMBER 29TH - Hope Reins will be a part of the Missions Fair hosted at First Baptist Church of Morristown beginning at 4:00 p.m.
October - Information and fundraising booth will be set up at Harvest Pride Days in Bean Station
We realize there are various degrees of needs children, youth and families may have. For this reason, equine assisted learning is used to meet some of the needs, especially for older youth or groups. In the "Mending Fences" program, a horse or horses are used in on-ground activities with an individual, group or family. These activities are designed to address things such as self-esteem, anger, impulse control, self-worth, addictions, ADD/ADHD, bullying, trust, respect, eating disorders, coping skills, teamwork and problem solving skills.
During this 1.5 hour session, a goal is given to achieve with certain rules in place (such as no verbal communication, no touching the horse, no bribing, etc.) and consequences are determined. Much like life, there are certain rules we must follow no matter our age and there are always consequences - good and bad - for the choices we make. The last 30 minutes of the session is used to "debrief" the activity, discussing what happened, what worked, what didn't work, how it relates to real, everyday life and what they would do differently next time. If a child discovers solutions on their own, even with trials and errors, they are more likely willing to practice those solutions when it comes to their personal life. This is what we desire to assist them in doing.
The overall goal of our program is to love and encourage children toward hope and growth. This process takes on as many unique forms as there are children who visit. Sessions can include one or more of these components or even sometimes something entirely new and unique. The child and the mentor together determine the best methods for each session. Viewing each child as an individual, the mentors strive to facilitate healing, escape, love and purpose during every session.
Where rescued horses help people take life by the reins to bring about hope, healing and change.