Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a rider at Free Rein?
To be accepted into the program, an intake assessment is necessary followed by submission of medical information. A rider packet will be completed and you will be put on the schedule for the following session.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?
To volunteer in lessons, you must be 14 years or older, to volunteer in the barn, 9 years old with a parent present.

How do I donate, and does Free Rein accept items as well as cash?
You can donate through the website using the DONATE button or you can mail checks to Free Rein, PO Box 1325, Brevard, NC 28712.  Free Rein also accepts gently used, good condition tack and horse equipment.  See our Wish List here.

Do you accept donated horses?
Free Rein does not accept donated horses. If we have a need for a new program horse, we lease them for 8-9 months out of the year – horses must go through a thorough screening and training program to be considered for a program horse.

Is Free Rein an accredited program?
Yes, Free Rein is a PATH Int’l Member Center and follows all standards set forth by PATH Int’l.  All instructors are certified through PATH Int’l as Therapeutic Riding Instructors.

Can I come and visit?
During Free Rein’s operational months, yes!  Please call and set up a time to have a tour of the facility and meet the team!

Where else can I keep up with Free Rein?
You can keep up with the happenings and daily fun on Facebook and Instagram @FreeReinCenter.

When are the sessions, and when does the next one start?
We have 2 main sessions, 6 weeks in the Spring – usually starting 2nd week in March, and 6 weeks in Fall – usually starting the week after Labor Day in September.  We also have two 4 week sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall.  These follow after the 6 week sessions.

Does Free Rein offer financial assistance?
Financial aid is based on household income.

How much do lessons cost?
The cost to the student is $50 per hour lesson.  Free Rein’s cost to provide a one hour lesson is $150.

Who does Free Rein serve?
Free Rein serves individuals and groups in Transylvania, Henderson and Buncombe Counties with mental, physical and cognitive challenges.

Does Free Rein accept interns?
Yes, each year Free Rein has a few college and high school students working closely with our instructors on senior projects, thesis papers, class projects and internships.

Does Free Rein offer Educational Community Service hours?
Yes. Please contact our Program Director for more information.

Are there age or weight restrictions?
Yes, Free Rein will start working with kids as young as 3 years old; there is no cap on age. We have a 200 lbs. weight limit for our riding program.

How long are lessons and how often do participants ride?
During all sessions, lessons are one hour with approximately 30-40 minute ride time. If a student is in the riding program, they ride every week for the 6 or 4-week session.