Guiding Reins helping to releave stress as Covid-19 continues

Published 3:11 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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Guiding Reins, an Equine-Assisted Therapy program for Veterans, Active Duty Military Personnel and First Responders has reopened and is back up and running since May 12.

Recently, Guiding Reins was one of the local charities chosen to benefit from the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club’s 92nd Annual Charity Horse Show at TIEC. They offer both ground and mounted therapy in individual or shared sessions as well as group events throughout the year with PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified instructors leading the sessions.

The success of equine assisted therapies and riding programs has been proven time and again, not only with physical challenges but also to enhance emotional connections and relieve mental stress among Veterans. Most programs in this area offer services to a wide array of individuals, but do not specifically address target trauma-induced illnesses among Veteran populations. Guiding Reins aims to fill that void and offer their services at no cost to Veterans.

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Now, we are faced with this same post-traumatic stress among our Health Care Providers on the front lines of Covid-19. We are in the process of offering their services to this additional population on a sliding scale and / or scholarships.

Please visit our website for more information at or call Diane Prewitt at 864-457-3575.


Submitted by Diane Prewitt