Rein in a Dream

NOW REGISTERING FALL RIDERS! For more information and forms, click fall17registration. We look forward to having you join us!For more information Contact Cherie Ansin, Program Director at (978) 368-4804 or cansin@perkinschool.org.

 

Therapeutic Horsemanship Program

Rein in a Dream is a premier therapeutic horsemanship center, accredited by PATH International; the national association for therapeutic horsemanship programs throughout the United States and abroad. Rein in a Dream is proud of its long-standing affiliation with PATH International having been a premier center for over 20 years.

Rein in a Dream provides services to children and adults starting at two years of age. Most participants have varying degrees of psychological, behavioral, cognitive, or physical challenges. The programs focus on students connecting with the animals in a holistic way in a nurturing environment. Developing a connection with animals has been proven to be very effective in reaching children and adults with various trauma, mental health and intellectual challenges. Incorporating animals in a therapeutic setting increases self-esteem and confidence; enhances communication and social skills; improves strength, coordination, and flexibility; and fosters empathy and compassion.

Rein in a Dream offers innovative community programs year-round, seven days a week. Our programs range from traditional horsemanship to unmounted lessons where students develop empathy as they work with the small animals in our Teaching Kindness Program or learn life skills by participating in the Barn Buddies Program that introduces students to the care and management of farm animals. All of the programs allow for personal growth, improved self-confidence, and gains in self-esteem. Our success is also built on collaborative relationships with schools, community agencies, and other programs where together we tailor programs to meet the specific needs of the students. An example of such a group is our Cowboy Kids curriculum, an innovative program that combines horsemanship lessons with character-trait development. Recreational riding lessons are also offered in a non-competitive and encouraging environment.

The facility is located on 30 acres of farmland abutting lush hay fields, trails and a rambling river. Participants enjoy coming to our warm and welcoming renovated antique barn that is home to horses, ponies and a variety of small farm animals. Our 11,000 square foot indoor riding arena allows for year-round instruction.

 

 

Our Instructors

Lessons are taught by experienced, proficient and sensitive instructors who have years of equestrian experience. They hold advanced degrees in education, psychology, or equine sciences. The combination of these credentials with long-term equestrian experience enables the instructors to draw upon knowledge and methodologies which enhance the individual learning experience for each student. Instructors hold PATH International certifications and state licenses.

Individual Horsemanship Lesson

Thirty- or sixty-minute one-to-one instruction including mounted and/or unmounted activities. Each lesson is designed to meet the specific needs of the student.

Group Horsemanship Lesson

Sixty-minute group lesson consists of two to four students. Participants are carefully placed according to their level of horsemanship skills and individual needs. In addition to learning the art of riding, students are introduced to various horsemanship topics. The group lessons focus on developing sportsmanship and social skills through interactive activities.

Teaching Kindness

This sixty-minute program focuses on teaching empathy and compassion through a student’s interaction with small animals. The lesson plans are based on the principles of Humane Education. Participants work directly with our small farm animals, including goats, bunnies, chickens and miniature horses. The student learns how to care for the animals, as well as develop an understanding of animal behaviors. Lessons also teach pet ownership responsibility.

 

Barn Buddies

This sixty-minute program is designed for children who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in learning about horses, small animal care, and barn management. The weekly activities will include a “Word of the Week” that helps to develop positive peer relationships and character traits. Groups must have at least four students to run.

Job Skills (14-22 years old)

This ninety-minute program provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong work ethic and to learn appropriate job-related skills. Student participation must be approved. Please contact the program director for additional information.

Minis and Me (Three to Five years of age)

A unique sixty-minute program connecting children with miniature horses that fosters learning in a fun-filled environment. The children are introduced to our “herd” of minis and learn how to care for the animals. Through interactive games, the children learn sequencing skills, letter and number recognition, as well as improving their listening and communication skills.