About Us

“I am proud of myself because I accomplish things I didn’t think I could accomplish.” – Arlen, age 12

Taking the Reins is a community-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization serving adolescent girls in Los Angeles. Our programs teach life skills to middle- and high-school girls primarily through horse care and riding. In addition to our Equestrian Program, girls can participate in our Urban Farming Program. We serve girls from schools and organizations in the local community and provide positive, nurturing activities. Our programs are offered at no, or very low, cost to our participants. We rely on donations from individuals, as well as grants from charitable foundations and corporations.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our tax id is #95-4688657

In fifteen years, Taking the Reins (TTR) has served more than 1,000 girls, empowering them to be strong, confident, and courageous.



Taking the Reins’ home is a 100-year-old barn located near Griffith Park in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. We’ve transformed this 2.5-acre site into an urban barn with horses, an organic garden, and a Learning Center for programs and classes. This beautiful farm is nestled under the trees and bordered by the soon-to-be revitalized Los Angeles River. Taking the Reins offers a rural setting to urban girls just minutes from their day-to-day city environment.