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Healing witH Horses RancH

Healing with Horses Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit therapeutic riding center. By creating space for healthy relationships between horses and humans, we help students learn transferable life skills in a safe, inclusive environment. We strive to promote resilience and independence in mind, body, and soul through the power of the horse.

We want to change lives, not just touch lives.

OUR MISSION

Who We Serve

Healing with Horses Ranch provides multiple equine-assisted services for people experiencing learning, behavioral, mental, and physical challenges. 

We serve three core populations through a combination of Adaptive Riding, Equine-Assisted Learning, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Interactions with horses provide a non-competitive, non-judgmental setting to build emotional and social capacity, while providing individuals with relationships that are both caring and consistent. 

We focus on building self-awareness, enabling the individual to work through unexpressed emotional pain and learn how to recognize, verbalize and regulate their feelings.

Many veterans return from active duty with physical and/or emotional wounds. Horses assist these individuals through the challenges of transitioning back to civilian life. 

Together, the horse and veteran work on relaxation, memory skills, patience, confidence, physical wellness, and focus that translates to life beyond the ranch.

Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often improve in flexibility, balance, muscle strength, and range of motion. In addition, due to the non-verbal communication between a horse and human, individuals practice communication in their own way.

Our program improves physical and cognitive skills that spark new independence within the rider that they can then carry over into everyday life.

Date TBA at Healing with Horses Ranch

Our annual trick-or-treat trail and market, complete with horses in costume, candy, and a spooky trail walk appropriate for all ages. Last year, we partnered with the City of Austin’s Roots & Wings Festival to celebrate the nature around us. The fest embraces the fundamental concept that we are all connected to each other and to our local ecosystem. Growing these connections creates a stronger, more resilient and healthy community. We hope to participate again this year.

Check back in soon for more details. This event will be held close to Halloween.


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A Standard of Excellence

Healing with Horses Ranch was founded in 2011 as a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Intl). In 2018, our program and facility was voluntarily peer reviewed by a PATH Intl. site reviewer and met the accreditation requirements became a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.

Meet Our Herd

Healing with Horses Ranch is a PATH Intl. Premier Riding Center. Our certified instructors and equine specialists, all of whom are PATH-certified, believe deeply in the transformative power of the horse-human connection, and the ability for individuals from all backgrounds to improve their emotional, cognitive, and physical abilities. 

A central part of our team is, of course, the horses – our true teachers. We partner with a variety of breeds, shapes, and personalities of horses to meet the needs of our riders.