Free Rein Equine Therapy

Free Rein is re-opening with a full Fall Schedule including a Veterans Session on November 16, 2019 11am to 2:30 PM.  Room for 8 Veterans. Session is free to Veterans

Military Horsemanship

Free Rein introduced a Military Horsemanship Program beginning in 2013 in partnership the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). This program offers military veterans the chance to participate in horsemanship and therapeutic riding lessons with their peers in a safe and nurturing environment.


Physical: The movement of the horse’s gait at a walk is similar to a human’s walking motion.  The horse’s simulated gait can assist wounded military/veterans to strengthen specific muscle groups, which may ultimately aid the participant as he or she relearns how to walk or use prostheses.

Social: The ranch and classroom setting provides a safe and peaceful environment for wounded military and veterans to share issues and fears.  They bond in a non-judgmental atmosphere with fellow veterans, the equines and volunteers.

Dates:  November 2- Current Free Rein Riders

November 9- Siblings of Free Rein Riders

November 16- Veterans Group

November 23- Private Group


Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm, lunch break 12:30 – 1:00pm (please bring a sack lunch)

Cost: $65 / participant


Participants should be able to walk independently for 30 minutes, sit in a classroom setting for 30 minutes uninterrupted, and withstand colder weather for the duration of the workshop (although held indoors, only a portion of the arena will be heated).


Farpoints Farm — 17 E Gibbs Road, Spokane, WA 99224


  • Mark MeWhinney, PATH Certified Equine Specialist
  • Cyndi Caniglia, PATH Certified Instructor
  • Breanna Carlson, PATH Certified Instructor – Program Coordinator


Participants must pre-register as space is limited to 8 participants per week. Registration packet mist be turned in no later than one week prior to the selected workshop.