Equine Psychotherapy 

- -all animals used in the program are given vacation time and receive mental health days if they are reacting to stressors in the  environment 
- each animal receives regular farrier services and vet services to ensure their respective health, animals exhibiting signs of stress are evaluated to determine if the stress is physical or related to their work environment. Animals who find working with individuals suffering from a disorder stressful are reassigned to other work on the facility or rehomed.  To date no animals working with our clients have exhibited stress response. Most of the horses help with therapy 3 to 5 times a month and spend the rest of their time being trail ridden or schooled.
-sessions run from late April through October and are currently impacted by weather conditions 

-fundraising for an indoor riding facility is in progress 
- group sessions are on Saturday afternoon the first and third Saturday of each month
-individual sessions can be arranged with some scheduling restrictions call for details 
- client interventions are conducted in both a group or individual setting based on client needs 

Individuals with attachment issues and mood regulation concerns frequently benefit from time on horseback and treatment planning tends to reflect this need. Individuals with spectrum disorders like autism or asperger  type symptoms tend to have a greater ability to communicate and make connections while on horseback, so therapy can become an effective tool for moderating behavioral symptoms.  As with all  animal assisted therapy,  the potential for increasing attachment interactions  is improved.
A requirement of treatment with spectrum disorders is provider participation. Meaning that if you are bringing your child you are required to walk beside the horse while your child is riding to help manage impulsivity and to increase attachment to you while your child is responsive from the motion of the horse. If a child is brought by a treatment team member such as a social worker etc. they are expected to act as the child's walk beside partner.  The horse handler should be focusing on the horse and safety is always observed.  No individual suffering from a disorder with high dysregulation,  mood incongruity or extreme impulsivity will be allowed to participate in lessons without an involved sidewalker.  Because of the emotional vulnerability of these clients,  providers who are unwilling to participate, thereby exposing their vulnerable charge to a negatively impactful  emotional interaction will disqualify themselves and their charge from further involvement in the program.