about the program
Our equine emotional therapy program stemmed from the result of simply being around the animals. It is amazing what connecting to an animal can do for your soul. It brings emotions, thoughts and feelings to the surface -it brings peace. Our animals have all been through something. Whether it is neglect, abandonment, abuse or just simply being discarded for old age, they, like all of us, are healing from something. This program is not just about you or about them, it is about all of us.
Our equine emotional therapy sessions are a collaborative effort between the trainer, the horse, and you – experienced in the open air and in an almost magical environment.Through equine therapy, you learn and practice skills of patience,
self-confidence, empathy, compassion, and trust.
You will practice and learn techniques of building healthy relationships by establishing a safe and trusting relationship with a horse. Learning to trust a 1,000 pound horse, and gaining that horse’s trust, helps you overcome personal barriers, learn responsibility, and accept accountability.
Additionally, you will interact with horses and other various animals on the property. Through practices like bathing, grooming and caring for the horses, you will have the ability to explore your own feelings, behaviors and interactions with others. Each session is geared towards you and what you need on that day.
After participating in equine therapy, you will often find it easier to speak your mind, process your emotions and connect with yourself and others in the community. Equine therapy brings emotions to the surface so that you can begin working through them.
Other benefits include:
Increased empathy and willingness to be vulnerable
Increased sense of responsibility and self-confidence
Better communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills
Better ability to express feelings, needs, hopes and desires
Improved ability to process and share difficult emotions and experiences
Increased connection to self and others
Better understanding of teamwork and community
Increased trust and respect in relationships
Greater respect for diversity and individuality
We offer our equine therapy to active duty and retired veterans.. This program is funded entirely by donations — at no cost to the participants or the federal government. Any Veteran wanting to book a session with us can receive our services at no charge.
**Unfortunately at this time, we are only focusing on individuals who are seeking emotional support, whether that be from personal issues, a bad day, family problems or you just need to take an hour long stress free break from life. We are not a physical therapy program with licensed physical therapists. There are some amazing programs out there that can help with that and we are happy to make suggestions! Here in Bakersfield we highly recommend MARE. They are incredible people doing amazing things for kids and adults.