Equine Assisted Learning EAL focuses on educational and learning goals. Horses are some of life’s best teachers and healers. They are intuitive and have the ability to mirror our behavior and feelings. During a session the client will be asked to complete an exercise that includes interaction with one or more horses. The exercises do not require riding or knowledge of horsemanship. Understanding and utilizing a horse’s natural instincts, the EAL facilitator uses this interactive form of experiential learning to help improve team building, communication, leadership skills, family dynamics. EAL is a productive and unique event at corporate retreats, family celebrations and reunions, marriage retreats, personal coaching and much more.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) takes the traditional counseling/therapy from the office into the arena, and utilizes horses to facilitate learning, healing, and understanding. The sessions are designed to stimulate self-awareness through the observation of natural horse and herd behavior. Clients start recognizing their behaviors and patterns as they are reflected in the horses’ behaviors and patterns. This allows them to solve problems and draw conclusions in a less threatening way. Youth, individuals, and families that come to the Ranch for Equine Therapy partner with a Counselor to build a greater understanding of self and each other.
Indy (short for Independent) is a black & white Gypsy Vanner cross. She loves to roll around in the dirt & get messy! She has a ‘babysitter’ attitude, so if you’re new to riding, she will make sure you feel safe. But she can also push your buttons if she knows you need someone to push you to do your best! Overall, Indy is a big horse with an even bigger heart – just how we like our horses at the Ranch.
Sam is a sorrel paint gelding, and is the oldest horse at the Ranch. He is a major cuddle bug & loves hugs! You can do just about anything with him except he isn’t a big fan of going fast. He also has a ‘babysitter’ attitude, so if you’re new to horses he’s a great first horse friend. Since he is older, he gets senior feed to help keep his muscles strong.
Supports individuals or families in social, emotional or behavioral issues. In-home or in-office depending on insurance or funding source.
Not everything happens on or with the horses. The rooms are so welcoming and warm.
These images are of the serene office space in the main lodge where we can discuss and work through things.
Not everything happens in the barn or the arena.