Reins of Life, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with locations in Michigan City and South Bend has served people with disabilities since 1978. They are the only accredited organization in LaPorte, Porter, and St. Joseph Counties that provides therapeutic equine-assisted activities endorsed by PATH International. Reins of Life uses horses, ponies, and donkeys to offer mounted and unmounted lessons and activities. Participants can be as young as two years old, with no upper age limit. Between the two facilities, they serve over 200 participants per week and have over 400 volunteers. Reins offers group and private therapeutic riding lessons to teach participants how to ride a horse while incorporating a wide range of therapeutic goals. The Nuzzles and Snuggles program was designed to help aging adults, particularly those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The Miniature Horse Visitation Program takes a popular mini-horse, Rosie, into public facilities to visit people in the community. Additionally, Reins partners with Michigan City Area Schools and LaPorte Community School Corporation to offer programs for special education classes. The newest programs launched in 2019 are interactive vaulting and a program that serves veterans. Reins is a very special place that counts on its volunteers to keep things running smoothly in almost all areas of operation: facility maintenance, feeding and horse care, and programs. Without volunteers, they would not be able to provide the services so helpful to the health and well-being of our community. If you are interested in volunteering at Reins of Life, please come to the upcoming training session on Tuesday, January 22, from 5:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. at 9375 W. 300 N. in Michigan City. This is a free, hands-on class which will introduce you to the horses and techniques used in the various programs. You do not need to RSVP. ### Reins of Life has a three-fold vision: to promote the mental, physical, emotional, and social growth of all involved in the program; to educate the community regarding the benefits of riding as therapy and improve the abilities of children and adults with disabilities; and to improve the attitudes of society toward persons with disabilities. For more information, visit www.reinsoflife.org.