We had a love
of horses throughout our lives that prompted us to get
involved with horse activities about 9 to 10 years ago. We
learned to ride, began showing cutting horses, and started
breeding horses. These activities lead to our realization
that horses spiritually benefit people.
has blessed us, and through the years our interest in
working with children combined with our appreciation for
horses gave us the idea to someday have an equine assisted
activity center. Our church family was a perfect place to
put our efforts and support for giving children with special
life challenges additional joy and a sense accomplishment
through the benefits of therapeutic riding. We have since
evolved into an independent 501 (c) (3) Corporation, and a
P.A.T.H. Member Center. Instructors are P.A.T.H. and
CPR/First Aid Certified.
Take the Reins is
located at Bending Tree Farm at 3636 Bear Creek Road in
Thompson Station, just 7 miles southwest of Five Points in
Historic Franklin. On 12 acres of land and a six stall barn,
Take the Reins has 4 horses, Roy, Freckles, Fancy and
Hershey; 2 ponies, Jed and Ted, that ride and pull a
wagon; 2 mini horses, Montana Red and Dakota, and two burros named
Sundance and Blossom.
In 2014, because of our fundraising efforts Take The Reins
was able to cover the outdoor riding arena. This allows
riding lessons to take place in inclement weather. Thank you
to all of our generous donors for supporting this program
changing project. We appreciate your support, and we could
not run our program without you.
Our volunteer help and
their contributions are the heart of this ministry. Along
with them, we seek to achieve our ministry purpose of
“Developing self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment, fun and
good feelings by being around and caring for horses through
the guidance of Christ” would not be accomplished.
Take the Reins is truly a ministry that has arrived and been
developed by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s presence has been
working among our church family, Rev. Vona Wilson,
Sarah Carty, and our riding instructor Donna Nickols who
have worked diligently with us designing this ministry. The
acquisition of the horses, and the equipping of the
facilities for the program are all answered prayers. The
development of this ministry and seeing the hands of God
Take the Reins has been an inspiring event.
“For one to fly, one only needs to...
Take the Reins
Thank you for participating in this
In Christ’s Reins,
Jerry and Sharon
Our Sensory Corral:
In 2014, Eagle Scout Brentyn
Shrum designed and built a sensory corral for our riders for
his final project. The purpose of the sensory corral is to
provide natural sights, sounds and smells. It challenges the
rider’s balance and interaction skills.
Meet Our Herd!
||Fancy is an 18 year old 15.2 hand Appendix Mare.
She is owned by Eryn McGary and is on lease here at
Take The Reins. She has an extensive Eventing
background and is a favorite among all of our riders
due to her smooth gait. Her responsiveness also
makes her a great fit for our independent riders.
Roy is a 23 year old Registered Quarter Horse.
He was previously owned by Gerald Clement, the
President of Take The Reins. Roy was one of the
first horses donated to Take The Reins after he and
Gerald retired from their Cutting career. His quiet
demeanor and willing attitude makes him a great fit
for Take The Reins.
||Freckles, standing at 14.2 hands is a 10 year
old Registered Quarter Horse. She was previously
owned by Gerald Clement and was donated to the
program when it was founded in 2013. Her calm spirit
greatly benefits our program.
|Hershey is a 12 year old Rocky Mountain Horse.
He stands at 14.3 hands with a beautiful mane and
tail. Hershey belongs to Allen Shamblin and his
family. He has been on lease here at Take The Reins
since Fall of 2014. Because of Hershey’s loving
personality and great size, he is a favorite around
||Jed is a 13 year old 12.2 hand pony who was
donated to Take The Reins in 2013 by Tim McGraw. Jed
is trained to pull a cart, and loves to be in
|Ted is a 13 year old 13 hand pony was also
donated to Take The Reins in 2013 by Tim McGraw. He
is half-brothers with Jed, and helps pull the cart
||Sundance and Blossom joined the Take The Reins
family in 2013. They were also donated by Allen
Shamblin and his family. This dynamic duo provides
confidence to our riders and they are great teachers
during our indoor lessons. Carrots are their
favorite snack, and they love their ears scratched.
|Dakota and Montana Red are our miniature horses
and are too cute not to love. Because of their small
stature, they are great during ground lessons with
our smaller participants.
||Moose information coming soon...