Izaak Walton League, Rapha Reins team up to expand horse riding trails

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - After Rapha Reins Inc. owner Jennifer Daniel struck a partnership with the neighboring Marshall County Izaak Walton League, equine therapy clients like Sarah Colbeth, pictured here, will be able to use 2.5 more miles of trails for riding south of Marshalltown.

Horses from a local equine-assisted therapy business now have more room to gallop after a partnership was struck with a neighbor.

Rapha Reins Inc., 2684 260th St., and the Marshall County Izaak Walton League, 2606 Smith Ave., border one another on their properties south of Marshalltown. After speaking with the Izaak Walton League board, Rapha Reins owner Jennifer Daniel said the number of trails for use by her horses and clients has expanded.

“It’s a walking trail, but they’re also letting us use it for the horses,” she said.

Izaak Walton League of Marshalltown Board President Chuck Strobbe said the partnership will allow Daniel’s horses and clients to use about 2.5 miles of trails on the conservation organization’s property.

“She’s using the western half of our property, which is more or less natural forest and prairie,” he said. “It’s a great way to get in touch with nature, and working with animals is very good for you … we have a couple of scenic overlooks, one small outdoor chapel where they can stop.”

Strobbe said volunteers took a day to trim up trees and other vegetation on the trails to be used by Rapha Reins to make it safer for horses and their riders.

Daniel said horse therapy is shown to release feel-good hormones which has benefits for people, especially those suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental illness or emotional issues.

“Then you throw in just being out in nature, without technology, it’s just so peaceful,” she said.

The service is being offered through Rapha Reins, not the Izaak Walton League. Rides come at a price of $30; Daniel said she will not ride on the Izaak Walton League land while the property’s shooting range is in use.

Strobbe said Daniel agreed not to use the trails when conditions could be damaging, such as when the paths are muddy. He said she has been responsible in managing of the horses and cleaning up after using the trails.

Daniel said more information can be found at https://raphareins.com or by calling her at 641-485-8996. For more information on the Marshall County Izaak Walton League, visit www.mashalltownikes.com/home.html or visit the group’s Facebook page.

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This story was updated with the correct number for Rapha Reins.