Our Mission: To provide a safe, peaceful place for people and horses to experience kindness, hope and healing through equine assisted activities, as well as just relaxing at the stable.
Angel Reins Stable is a place of horses and healing. In addition to providing a loving home for rescued horses, our programs serve (at no charge) veterans, survivors of human trafficking and others suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and more. Located on 40 acres in St. Augusta, MN, the nonprofit is in the process of purchasing 10 additional acres adjacent to the barn. On this parcel we are building a stable (indoor arena and office) to better serve the horses and humans alike.
Sunny was the first rescue to join the herd 15 years ago. Since then nine more horses have been rescued, including Cowboy from the Bastrop, LA Kill Lot. This beautiful buckskin has captured the hearts of many, healing many hurting souls.
Pretty little Hope with one white leg came to us from the Lone Star Kill Pen in TX. She and a survivor of Human Trafficking share a very special friendship as shared below:
Aug 2020 Hope & Healing B.L.
When I first came to know about Angel Reins and the horses, I was in a residential safehouse for survivors of human trafficking. I had just gotten back from out of the country and hadn’t had a place to call home for years. Being a survivor wasn’t even something that ever crossed my mind, and I was broken and hopeless. I felt like much more of a victim during those dark days, and it wasn’t until I was given the chance to go to Angel R horse therapy program that I was able to heal and see myself empowered as a survivor of human trafficking.
PTSD is a very common struggle for anyone who has gone through trauma, abuse, or neglect. For me, I have been dealing with lifelong psychosis and depression, so when I first got back into the states I was immediately thrown into a whole new aspect of mental illness that only serves to escalate my other myriad illnesses. People are not the only ones who develop mental illnesses in the face of trauma, abuse, or neglect. I met a horse who was dealing with many of the same issues I myself was going through.
Every time I would go out to have a therapy session the two of us became best buddies. We both were coming out of some the hardest situations of our lives, we were broken, hopeless, and desperately in need of companionship. So we leaned on each other for support, and every time I visit Angel Reins we reunite and remind each other of our healing, our strength, and our journey.
The name of my horse companion is, in the most perfect and ironic of ways, Hope. I found Hope at Angel Reins and hope is what has given me the strength to continue my healing journey every day. The journey will always have it’s ups and downs, but it is a healing and a hopeful one. I will always hold Angel Reins, Kathy, and her horse therapy program close to my heart, because it gave me the hope I needed to live another day and see the sunrise, give horses hugs, pick fistfuls of wildflowers, and sing to the stars and the moon. BL, Survivor
Hope continues to live up to her name by befriending a Veteran who spent 15 years in a United States Penitentiary. Prior to meeting Hope, Mike was lost, lonely and uncertain. Mike lives at the Eagles Healing Nest, a wonderful nonprofit located in Sauk Centre, MN that Angel Reins is honored to partner with. Here is part of a letter Mike wrote to his new four-legged friend, "I feel like I have a lot of love inside of me, but that I don't really know how to show it or give it or receive it. I like people, but I mostly don't feel comfortable with being around them. When I met you though, I felt instantly like you understood this too...that maybe you are a soul who trusted too much, too often and maybe gave all of yourself only to be hurt and abused. I don't know your story, yet, but I think maybe I do... At least we have this moment together...to just live and love." Mike visits Hope weekly. Together they ride like the wind. Together they heal.
The story of Tatum and Cody, an elderly rescue. "Angel Reins Stable has been a huge blessing for my family. A few months ago, my daughter's therapist had mentioned having another outlet source for her other than her regular therapy. We had been looking for a place similar for our daughter but could not seem to find the right fit for her. Once I was put in touch with Kathy, I knew it was a God send. Within a month of riding with Cody, Tatum's therapist had told us she was doing so well that she had suggested we take a step back with her regular therapy with her and let Tatum continue to focus more on being with Cody. Tatum loves being at Angel Reins and looks forward to it every week. Tatum tells us frequently that Cody makes her so happy. " Bryan and Sheila Robak
"Angel Reins leaves me speechless. The horses are gentle. If there is a door for Grace, it is this place."
KW, Survivor of Human Trafficking.