Rein in a Dream

About Us 

Rein in a Dream is a Perkins community program and premier therapeutic horsemanship center accredited by The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, offering innovative community programming year-round, seven days a week, to children and adults (starting at age four).

Our Vision
Rein in a Dream focuses on connecting students with our animals in a holistic way within a stable and nurturing environment, primarily through innovative therapeutic horseback riding.

Rein in a Dream (RIAD) is proudly accredited by PATH International (The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) for over 25 years.

What We Do

RIAD is proud to specialize in serving children and adults with a wide range of mental health, cognitive and developmental challenges, and individuals with mild-to-moderate physical disabilities. Our mission is to enhance the lives of children and adults by providing therapeutic, educational, and recreational experiences. Participants, grow, learn and heal through interactions with equines and small animals in a natural setting.

As part of Perkins, RIAD serves students from the Perkins Residential and Educational programs. In addition to these services, our success is equally built on collaborative relationships with schools, community agencies, and our surrounding communities. We tailor programs to meet the specific needs of students and agencies. Our programs range from recreational riding and traditional horsemanship, to unmounted lessons and general farm care.

RIAD is primarily a Therapeutic Horsemanship Center that assists with the achievement of specific emotional, learning and cognitive goals. Developing a connection with animals has proven to be very useful and effective in reaching children and adults with various traumas, mental health, and intellectual challenges. Incorporating animals in a therapeutic setting can increase self-esteem and confidence, enhance communication and social skills, improve strength, coordination, and flexibility, and foster empathy and compassion.

We also provide beginner and intermediate Recreational Horsemanship for children and adults seeking to ride in an environment that is non-competitive, relaxing, and which fosters the relationship between equine and human. Our individual approach teaches traditional horsemanship and riding skills while incorporating activities that meet the unique needs of each participant. We emphasize sportsmanship, team building, socialization and life skills.  We have created a supportive nurturing culture that honors Perkins core values: Integrity, Compassion, Inclusivity, Excellence, Learning Collaboration.

Our Instructors

All Rein in a Dream instructors are experienced, proficient, and hold advanced degrees in education, psychology, or equine sciences. The combination of these credentials with long-term equestrian backgrounds enables the instructors to draw upon knowledge and methodologies which enhance the individual learning experience for each student. All instructors hold PATH International certifications and state licenses.

Our Facility

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

Getting Involved

Rein in a Dream offers four sessions throughout the year on a rolling admission basis. New participants are welcome to join at any time (registration and payment are pro-rated based on time of enrollment).

The waitlist is currently closed, but check back after November 1, 2021!

New Students

If a participant/parent/guardian is unsure whether the benefit of a therapeutic/recreational horsemanship experience will meet their individual needs, Rein in a Dream offers an introductory session consisting of 3 lessons. This allows participants an opportunity to try programs at RIAD without committing to a full session. Payment in full for the 3 lessons is required prior to the first lesson. Please contact us for more information.

Returning Students

Returning student registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of each session to reserve your preferred lesson day and time.

Lesson Descriptions: Scheduling is first-come, first-served based on availability. Please contact us to discuss.

AGES 4 AND UP  |  

The focus of therapeutic riding is to improve physical strength, flexibility, and cognitive abilities as well as communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. Because the movement of the horse mimics the human gait, research indicates that riders will often show development in muscle strength, coordination, balance, postural alignment, increased range of motion as well as improved speech. The powerful connection to the horse is often a motivator to complete therapeutic activities/exercises on horseback.  Assessment lesson required.


In addition to building riding skills, participants learn how to safely work with horses as they develop and build a mutually beneficial relationship with members of our herd. Mounted and un-mounted instruction is provided. Topics include appropriate horse handling, grooming, tacking, equine behaviors, and safety working with equines along with learning the building blocks of riding. Lesson activities meet the specific therapeutic needs of the student.

AGES 6 AND UP  |  

Participants are introduced to the building blocks of riding while developing strong horsemanship skills. Traditional riding skills are taught based on English, western, dressage, and natural horsemanship disciplines. Participants are involved in the entire experience including un-mounted activities, grooming, tacking and caring for their horse after the lesson. Lessons are taught in a non-competitive environment. Beginner to Intermediate. Semi-private lessons require instructor approval, individuals must meet specific criteria to participate in this lesson format. Please see the policies.

AGES 5 AND UP  |  

This animal-focused program encourages responsibility and compassion through learning about and interacting with nature, our herd of horses, and small farm animals including Nigerian goats, miniature horses, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a program dog. Curriculum activities teach the fundamentals of good character; kindness, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and integrity.

AGES 3-5  |  4 STUDENTS  |  1 HOUR, $25/LESSON

While working with miniature horses, children engage in interactive games and activities to develop and practice: sequencing skills; letter and number recognition; and listening and communication. Children also learn about safety, body awareness, and develop fine motor skills. This program is un-mounted and must have 4 participants enrolled to offer. Spring, Summer, Fall only.

AGES 16-22  |  3-4 STUDENTS  |  

These programs provide participants with the opportunity to develop a strong work ethic and to learn appropriate job-related skills, including time management, reporting to a supervisor, suitable interactions with co-workers and job productivity. Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm.

 Contact & Register


Cherie Ansin, Program Director


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Our Policies


Need-Based Scholarships are available. Please contact Program Director Cherie Ansin at to request an application.

Perkins admits persons of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to clients at the school. Perkins does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs or services