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In search of 15.1 to 16 hand draft cross, draft or warmblood to join our team of therapy horses!
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, Collierville, TN


Could this be the next chapter for your horse?


We are in search of a well built draft cross, draft, or warmblood type to support our larger participants at Southern Reins; including veterans and participants who weigh 185-225 pounds. The ideal horse will have a calm temperament, be sound at the walk and trot, under 19 years of age, have a pleasant disposition, low spook reaction and excellent ground manners. The ideal horse will be in work or could be in work condition in 30 days, be fit and sound with little maintenance (joint, specialty shoeing, etc.)

We are seeking a Horse that meets the following criteria:
Age Range:
Aged 10-14  Aged 15-20  

Gender:
Geldings  Mares  

Size Preference:
Small Horse (14.3 to 15.3h), Large Horse (16.0 to 16.3h),

Breed Preference: The following breeds will NOT be considered:

Our organization has the following policies about horses who are sound and healthy but have the following chronic conditions that require medication:
Lyme Disease: Not Accept
Cushing's Disease: Not Accept
Thyroid Disease: Not Accept
Navicular Disease: Not Accept
Inflammation: Not Accept

Experience & Suitability

Temperament:
Easy going temperament, forgiving, calm and quiet.

Activities that the equine will be expected to perform:
    Englilsh Walk/Trot
    English Walk/Trot/Canter
    Western Walk/Trot
    Western Walk/Trot/Canter

Current/former experience/training which could make the equine suitable for your program:
    Dressage
    English Pleasure
    Eventing
    Endurance
    Hunter
    Hunter Seat Equitation
    Polo
    Trail Riding
    Western Dressage
    Western Pleasure

Location

The equine will be located at Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, 916 Billy Bryant Road, Collierville, TN 38017.

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More about where will the equine be located?


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Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 15
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 3
Pastures: 6  Paddocks/Pens: 0
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 2  Covered Outdoor Rings: 1
Indoor Rings: 0

Horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s).
Horses are stalled for 4-8 hours per day, on average.
Horse Turn Out Practices:
    Horses are out 9 to 15 hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Horses are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Horses are fed in individual stalls
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    Horses are assigned a Henneke Body Condition score upon arrival at the facility
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist


Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines in our care:
✔    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine at least annually
✔    Our organization maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine:
✔    Equine age, weight, breed, body condition, fitness, balance, health and soundness
✔    Equine conformation to include the top line, length of back, strength and width of loin, bone density (measured by the circumference of the cannon bone just below the knee)
✔    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
✔    Participant weight, height, body proportions, balance, fitness and riding skills as well as behavioral issues and safety concerns
✔    Weight and proper fit of the saddle and other equipment
✔    Terrain and footing in the working environment
✔    Duration and frequency of working sessions, as the frequency with which an equine is subjected to maximum weight carrying and/or workload
✔    Nature and pace of work, repetitive or varied, radius of turns, degree of incline and regularity of footing when equine is subject to maximum weight-carrying capacity
✔    Temperature and/or weather conditions
✔    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations

Horses have access to clean drinking water at all times

Hoof care is provided for each horse: Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental care is provided for each horse: Annually and when an issue arises

Each horse is given a physical exam by a veterinarian: Annually and when an issue arises

Each horse is visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility: Every day or 6 days a week

Our organization has the following worming protocols in place to control parasites:
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control - Remedies used to control flies and insects:
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets
    Fans



Our Acquisition, Intake & Training Policies


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Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy will accept equines from the following sources:
    Donation  ✔ Yes      No    
    Free Lease  ✔ Yes      No    
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  ✔ Yes      No    

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy requires the following with respect to the health status of the equine prior to acceptance and arrival at the organization:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy has the following policies in place prior to an equine being accepted and/or arriving at the facility:
    The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy assesses equines for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time

Following arrival at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Fecal test
    De-worming
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   2-3 times per week


Our Equine Retirement Policy


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Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized


More About Us


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Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
916 Billy Bryant Road
Collierville TN 38017
901-290-1011
Last Updated 2020-03-13

Public Charity

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The mission of Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is to serve individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship by providing equine assisted activities and therapies to empower, inspire, nurture and succeed.


Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).

Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.



EIN: 47-4647784
Founded: 2015

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We are proud to be a *2020 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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