Therapeutic Horseback Riding

 Equine Therapy involves interactions between humans and horses. Activities include riding, grooming, feeding, haltering and leading horses under the supervision of a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) certified instructor. Physically, therapeutic riding helps coordination and normalizes muscle tone. Riding can improve posture, increase the functional range of motion, muscular strength, flexibility, perceptual motor skills and sensory motor skills. Read more…

Community Outreach

Our Community Outreach programs support Free Rein’s mission by increasing opportunities for new populations in our community to benefit from the horse/human bond. A Sensory Trail provides therapeutic riders as well as other program participants experiences of mindfulness, meditation and physical well-being. For at-risk youth, Free Rein offers an innovative program called Say Whoa to Bullying. Silver Saddles focuses on assisting seniors by increasing strength & mobility while helping with depression. Other services include Grieving Family Riding lessons and riding sessions for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Weight restrictions apply.


Often when one child requires a lot of care and attention, other children in the family may feel left out. SIBS (Sibling Support) is a new program designed for siblings of our therapeutic riders. Each week activities are prepared for brothers and sisters to engage with while their sibling is in a lesson. Siblings have the opportunity to ride a horse at least once during the session. Supporting therapeutic riding families is what SIBS (Sibling Support) is all about. Free Rein is fun for all!

John Colflesh
I grew up on a small dairy farm near Delaware, Ohio. I graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Physics then spent eight years in the U.S. Navy as nuclear power trained submarine officer. Much of my time in the Navy was spent in Connecticut, where I lived for forty years.
After the Navy, I attained an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I worked in the nuclear power industry for 36 years at Westinghouse Electric Company in Windsor, CT and Pittsburgh, PA. I had many roles and responsibilities over the years including; project management, marketing, field services management and quality assurance. As part of this work, I traveled all over the U.S., western Europe and parts of Asia.
Also, while in Connecticut: I owned a bicycle shop; served on the board of the local chapter of A Better Chance, in Glastonbury, CT; owned a reining horse (did lots of trail riding); and was a member of the Granby, CT Horse Council.
In 2017, my wife and I both retired from Westinghouse and moved to Brevard. For the first two years here, I did some part time consulting work as an industrial incident investigator and analyst.
I first volunteered for Free Rein as a Horse Leader in 2017 weeks after moving here and have been doing so ever since.