Empowering Lives Through Horsemanship
Our Equine-Assisted Programs

Equine-Assisted Therapy & Learning

Millions Of Children Need Support From Their Community

Take the Reins St Louis is a Missouri Non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted (horse) therapy & learning programs to at-risk youth. When children and teens have positive influences and reinforcement from their community, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors, and succeed in academic and extracurricular activities. Our Youth Empowerment Programs pair local military veterans and volunteers with participating youth organizations. With the help of our equine partners, Take the Reins St. Louis supports local military veterans and youth by offering exciting events and opportunities.


Our Equine-Assisted Programs

Our Equine-assisted therapy programs focus on activities that involve interactions with horses and other equines to help with mental health including PTSD, anxiety, and other physical, cognitive and emotional issues. Each program encompasses one or multiple therapies including therapeutic horseback riding, equine-assisted learning (EAL), and equine-assisted activities (EAT).

Veteran Checkpoint

Our Equine-Assisted Learning and Therapeutic Programs for military veterans are specifically designed to combat the symptoms of mental health disorders that face many return-home soldiers.

Youth Empowerment

Equine-assisted at-risk your social competencies that are lost to impoverished and at-risk youth with the goal of building core values for our future leaders.

Executive Leadership

Our leadership program is a unique day experience that emphasizes corporate team-building exercises through horsemanship to supporting businesses in the St. Louis area.


Become A Volunteer

We encourage everyone to contribute to the Equine-Assisted Learning and therapy programs that we offer – we’re always excited to welcome new members to our team. As a volunteer, we train you to help work alongside veterans and youth in the St. Louis community. For more information about available opportunities, please contact us with your specified interests.

Equine-assisted therapy for veterans
horse stable
Summer equine-assisted learning group
Equine-assisted Learning summer program for at-risk youth
One of our volunteers
Equine-assisted therpay summer program


A Missouri Non-profit Organization

Steven Marchal

Steven Marchal


Founded in 2016 by Steven Marchal, Take The Reins St Louis is a Missouri Non-profit Organization (NPO) that provides equine-assisted learning & therapautic programs to at-risk youth.

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