The organization Reins for Life received the 2013 Remuda of the Year award from the American Quarter Horse Association in Amarillo. AQHA is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization.
The Remuda (Spanish for “herd”) of the Year award is considered their most prestigious award. The award began in 1992, when the American Quarter Horse Association chose one ranch a year that demonstrates quality quarter horses. The Bogle Ranch located in Dexter and Artesia was the 1999 recipient.
Terry Bogle founded the Reins for Life, a therapeutic riding program using one horse from the Bogle remuda string in 1995. “Our program has grown from one horse and five children to six horses and 50-plus adult and children clients per week,” said Bogle.
These heavily muscled, compact horses can run short distances over a straightaway faster than any other horse. Any ranch that has five or more American Quarter Horse mares used to produce horses for ranch work and is a member of AQHA is eligible for this award.
In November, Terry went to the remuda sale in Ft. Worth after the Bogle Ranches were invited to be a part of the sale. Terry noticed a big gray 16-year-old horse, Pavo Frosty Jack, coming up for sale. She said after reading the history and knowing he came from the W.T Waggoner Ranch, a ranch well-recognized for its quality quarter horses, she bid on him and brought “Jack” home.
She said that Jack fit right in and found several new fans in wheelchairs.
Kings Mojo, or Moe, is also part of the Bogle Remuda. He is fun for the children due to his curious nature. He might be seen picking up a ball with his mouth and throwing it back to his handler. He makes everyone smile.
Reins For Life has only used American Quarter horses due to their size and gentle disposition.
“We’ve gone 21 years here without an accident,” Bogle said.
The American Quarter horse gait closely approximates human motion.
According to Bogle, therapeutic riding helps eye- hand coordination. The hip movement of a horse simulates human hip movement and allows damaged nerves or brain tissue to be re-educated by rote and repetition.
Bogle says as a therapy it has been used effectively in the treatment of autism and multiple sclerosis. “We have treated the mentally handicapped and multiple other conditions. Every disability you can think of has come through our doors, and we’ve gone 21 years here without an accident.”
J.W. is one of their success stories. J.W., 15, was involved in motorcycle accident so severe he had to be lifeflighted to Lubbock. His legs and arms were crushed. The physicians did not think he was going to make it. He survived. He was wheelchair bound. He became severely depressed when he was brought into Reins for Life in January 1996. “It took four people to get him in the saddle. By February, it took two. By March, he was mounting on his own. He began to use a walker. In 1997, he won medals at the Special Olympics. Now he holds a job in the kitchen of Applebee’s in Roswell.
Reins for Life is starting a new program for veterans. She said that Reins for Life has been blessed by the support of several Artesia families and businesses.