Rein in a Dream – Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Dr. Franklin Perkins School

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Contact Information

Dr. Franklin Perkins School
Contact: Cherie Ansin, Program Director
Email Address:
Phone: 978-368-4804

868 Main Street Lancaster, MA 01523
Area Served: Central

Map Location Rein in a Dream - Therapeutic Horsemanship Program


Rein in a Dream is a premier therapeutic horsemanship center, accredited by PATH International; the national association for therapeutic horsemanship programs throughout the United States and abroad. Rein in a Dream is proud of its long-standing affiliation with PATH International having been a premier center for over 20 years.

Rein in a Dream provides services to children and adults starting at two years of age. Most participants have varying degrees of psychological, behavioral, cognitive, or physical challenges. The programs focus on students connecting with the animals in a holistic way and in a nurturing environment. Developing a connection with animals has been proven to be very effective in reaching children and adults with various trauma, mental health and intellectual challenges. Incorporating animals in a therapeutic setting increases self-esteem and confidence; enhances communication and social skills; improves strength, coordination, and flexibility; and fosters empathy and compassion.

Rein in a Dream offers innovative community programs year round, seven days a week. Our programs range from traditional horsemanship to un-mounted lessons where students develop empathy as they work with the small animals in our Teaching Kindness Program or learn life skills Perkins Horse Runningby participating in the Barn Buddies Program that introduces students to the care and management of farm animals. All of the programs allow for personal growth, improved self-confidence, and gains in self-esteem. Our success is also built on collaborative relationships with schools, community agencies, and other programs where together we tailor programs to meet the specific needs of the students. An example of such a group is our Cowboy Kids curriculum, an innovative program that combines horsemanship lessons with character-trait development. Recreational riding lessons are also offered in a noncompetitive and encouraging environment.

Service Types

  • Horseback Riding

Program Type

  • Recreation/Arts/Social and Leisure

Populations Served

  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyper Activity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Behavior Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Disability
  • Dual Diagnosis - ID/MI
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Speech Impairment
  • Stroke
  • Substance Abuse

Ages Served

  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Additional Information

  • Fees: Personal Funds