Stacie Swider - Rein to Shine

My name is Stacie Swider

I have been drawn to horses since childhood and hoped that one day they would be a part of my life. I never dreamed that horses would become my greatest teachers. I am grateful to have witnessed magical moments happen between horses and humans.

My career in education began as an elementary school teacher and although I enjoyed it, I made the difficult choice to leave professional teaching in order to be a stay-at-home mother. Once my youngest child started preschool, I enrolled in the Autism Spectrum Endorsement program at Oakland University.  I also started volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding facility where individuals diagnosed with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities are taught to ride horses. I was amazed by the interactions I observed between the students and the horses. These inspirational moments changed the trajectory of my life. Instead of returning to the classroom to teach children diagnosed with autism, I decided to spend my days partnering with horses to improve the lives of individuals diagnosed with autism, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a variety of physical disabilities.

I hold a masters degree in education with an SV endorsement, which permits me to teach students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and the entire K-12 curriculum to all special education students in Michigan. In addition, I am trained in (CPI) Nonviolent Crisis Intervention; therapeutic horseback riding instruction and I am a certified Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) practitioner.