Highland, Utah is known for its excellent access to outdoor activities. One of these activities includes horseback riding. But before one can just jump on a horse and ride off into the Western sunset, lessons are required. And Highland boasts on of the more unique horseback riding centers in the United States. Courage Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is the best horseback riding lesson establishment in Highland, and one of the best recreational facilities for those with disabilities.
Pet therapy and the use of live animals have long been recognized for its therapeutic effects on those with disabilities. It is a way to interact in a safe environment with creatures that do not judge a condition. Additionally, pet therapy offers sufferers a chance to increase their confidence as they learn to care for fellow living creatures. Courage Reins provides a version of pet therapy using donated and gratis lease horses (all fine animals) that not only soothes and helps, but also teaches those with disabilities a skill they can be proud.
Courage Reins was founded in 1998 with a mission to help the disabled by teaching them to ride and care for horses. This facility allows riders to learn memory and sequencing, gain social skills, build confidence in self, improve attention span and concentration, and to feel good about their abilities. Additionally, horseback riding can help improve balance, posture, circulation, motor skills, body awareness, and provide a relaxing activity. All of these benefits can be had when one becomes a rider at Courage Reins.
This unique horseback riding lesson facility features a highly qualified staff and a variety of services. An instructor certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) teaches all lessons. In addition, Courage Reins also offers services with a registered physical or occupational therapist, or with a speech-language pathologist). The therapist can provide hippotherapy sessions. Hippotherapy is a type of therapy that makes use of the movement of horses as treatment tools. Equine assisted psychotherapy is also offered at Courage Reins.
Non-disabled riders can take lessons at Courage Reins (preference is given to relatives of disabled riders). The instruction is very good for these riders as well. It is possible for anyone to enjoy the recreational activity of horseback riding with the proper instruction. After lessons at Courage Reins, in either Western or English riding, most people can feel comfortable on a horse. Courage Reins also provides special riding options for family events, special dates, and birthday parties.
All riders are guaranteed safety and support as they ride. Safety gear, including helmets, is worn at all times to prevent serious injury. All tack and facilities are kept in good shape for an optimal experience. Staff members are caring and concerned. Most staff members are volunteers. The center has only seven paid staff members. Everyone else donates her or his time. Courage Reins is open year round (horseback riding can be done in the snow), but appointments are required to visit the facility. It can be reached at 801-756-8900, and is located at 5870 West 10400 North in Highland, Utah.