The Horsemanship Program was started at Diamond Ranch Academy six years ago with one mare and her three-month-old colt. Both horses have since been returned to their owner. Our current equine herd consists of two Mustang geldings, one Tennessee Walker gelding, one Paint mare, two Quarter Horse mares, and a yearling Quarter Horse colt. We also have two Mini Horse mares and two Mini Burro mollies.
As students express a desire to work and be involved with the horses, their therapists and parents are consulted to determine if the EAP program will benefit that particular student. The program normally consists of sixteen sessions, twelve groups and four individual.
The group, individual, and family Horsemanship sessions at Diamond Ranch Academy are conducted on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays – on a rotating basis. We also strive to facilitate our sessions in such a way that students do not miss the same school classes each week.
Horsemanship sessions are conducted at the Equestrian Center, on the West side of DRA’s campus. The center has both an indoor and outdoor arena. It also has both indoor and outdoor stalls.
The Horsemanship Program at Diamond Ranch Academy is designed to provide experiential and metaphoric learning for our students. It is a solution-focused approach using a licensed mental health professional, experienced equine specialist, and horse(s). After students experience an activity, we process their experiences, behaviors, and feelings. Each activity has been developed to assist students in the development of important life skills such as verbal and non-verbal communication, problem solving, assertiveness, creative thinking, leadership, building trust, impulse control, anger management, overcoming fear, improving relationships, self-reflection, and more.