Rhythm of the Rein

About Rhythm of the Rein

Mission Statement
Rhythm of the Rein is a 501(c)(3). Our mission is to use Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to enhance the well-being of individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges in the central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom.

Vision Statement
Rhythm of the Rein will provide exceptional Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies to any individual who will benefit from it, regardless of their situation.

Rhythm of the Rein is the only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) (www.pathintl.org) Premier Accredited program in central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom. We are staffed with PATH certified instructors who are also licensed healthcare professionals with a strong background in posture and movement, neuromotor functioning, and sensory processing. Our participants range from ages 2-80, although 60% of our riders are under the age of 21. We treat a variety of physical, developmental, and cognitive challenges. Our therapists work with local schools to complement our riders’ Individual Education Programs (IEP’s). We also provide services to members of traumatic brain injury support groups, are involved with the Vermont National Guard Family Readiness program, and provide scholarships to riders participating in the Wounded Warriors program.

Our Services

Adaptive Riding
This discipline uses mounted and unmounted activities to positively contribute to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with disabilities. These experiences build riders’ life skills and enhance overall quality.

 This type of therapy is physical, occupational, or speech therapy that utilizes equine movement as a treatment strategy. The treatment addresses impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and/or sensory dysfunction as part of an integrated program to achieve functional goals.

These disciplines provide medical and/or rehabilitative goal-based treatment/therapy outcomes. This is facilitated by the rhythmic, symmetrical movements of a horse and the assistance of properly trained professionals, providing multi-sensory input, repetition, and variability as a treatment tool. The motion of the horses natural gait closely mimics our own challenging trunk muscles and balance subconsciously in a fun and rewarding way that produces therapeutic gains not easily accomplished in a traditional clinical setting.Equine assisted activities as a whole boost participants’ self-esteem, confidence, and emotional healing.

We are not currently able to serve anyone in an active substance abuse treatment program or trauma victims with significant psychological needs that would best be served by mental health professionals. There are Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH) professionals who are trained to provide those services and contacts can be found through PATH’s (add link) web site.

There are various state and regional resources that can help families to obtain therapeutic riding services and benefits. These include:

  • Brain Injury Association of Vermont 1-877-856-1772
  • Department of Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) – 103 South Main St. Waterbury, Vt. 05671-1601 802-241-2388
  • Washington County Mental Health (WCMH) PO Box 647 Montpelier, Vt. 05601-0647 802-229-0591
  • North East Kingdom Human Services (NEKHS) – 154 Duchess Ave. PO Box 724 Newport, Vt 05855 802 334 6744 or 802 748 3181
  • Parent To Parent (now the Vermont Family Network) 1-800-800-4005 or 802-764-5290
  • Autism Puzzle Foundation PO Box 61 South Barre, Vt. 05670 www.vtautismpuzzle.org
  • White River Junction Veterans Administration Medical Center: – contact your primary care provider
  • Local school’s special education case managers – contact your local school district.

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