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South Bend Facility Expansion
Capital Campaign

Our Impact:

Reins of Life is a PATH Intl. accredited facility offering equine-assisted services to children and adults with disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding, therapeutic carriage driving, interactive vaulting, and a variety of unmounted programs. We are one of only ten centers in the country that utilize all three mounted disciplines (riding, driving, and vaulting) in addition to unmounted programs as supplemental intervention to traditional forms of therapy. Our diverse program offerings are a direct response to our community’s needs.

The Need:

Over the past few years, we have experienced a growing demand for our services.  In 2023 alone, we received over 270 new inquiries from individuals interested in enrolling in our programs. Despite our efforts to accommodate everyone interested in our services, we maintained a waitlist of 15-25 individuals per session. We also had to limit the frequency and the number of school groups attending equine-assisted learning programs due to lack of space in our facility. The unprecedented growth requires us to expand and improve our South Bend facility so that we can better serve our community.

The Solution:

To address the growing need and ensure we have the space and resources needed now, and in the future, we plan to expand and improve the current structure of the South Bend facility. The expansion will include the following main components:


  • A dedicated classroom with adjacent restroom to accommodate our existing and growing group services

  • Additional office space to accommodate the addition of new staff, volunteers, and programs

  • A paved parking area and weather-protected entrance

  • A larger indoor arena to accommodate more lessons

  • Handicap accessible walkways around the property

  • Eight stalls to accommodate more horses.

  • A program equipment storage area

  • The remodel of our sensory corner, play area, family viewing area, and therapy practice rooms

  • A fire suppression system for the entire facility

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