We offer Horsemanship as an addition to traditional therapy.

Horses are naturally empathetic. They can pick up on emotion and respond to what they are sensing. The Horsemanship program at DRA allows students to work through challenges by forming connected relationships with horses.  Our program is directed by Equine Specialists and Mental Health Professionals to provide a beneficial and effective experience for those involved.  Students learn to care for and interact with the horses in meaningful ways, while learning and practicing new relationship skills with them, under the guidance of trained professionals. Students may participate in Horsemanship through individual, group or family sessions.

Below are lists of reasons why horses are great therapeutic teaching animals and what students can learn from working with horses:

Why Horses?

  1. Horses are large and powerful
  2. Horses help heal through touch
  3. Horses are the conduit through which clients can express their feelings
  4. Horses are similar to humans in many ways
  5. Horses are social animals
  6. Horses have defined roles
  7. Horses mirror human behavior
  8. Horses sense and mirror human feelings
  9. Horses have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods
  10. Horses like to play and have fun

Learning Objectives For Students:

  • Long term life skills
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Problem solving skills
  • Self Esteem
  • Healthy attachments
  • Assertiveness
  • Creative thinking
  • Leadership
  • Confidence
  • Joy of hard work
  • Taking responsibility
  • Building trust
  • Impulse control
  • Emotional regulation
  • Anger management
  • Goal setting
  • Work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Improved relationships
  • Working through anxiety
  • Overcoming fears