Healing with Horses Ranch
Healing with Horses Ranch
10014 FM 973
Manor TX 78653
Tax ID/EIN: 45-2792151
Year Founded: 2011
Last Updated 2017-03-01
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Why are we a Messenger?
The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.
Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Healing with Horses Ranch provides safe, affordable, therapeutic horsemanship and other Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges to improve functional life skills and promote healing and independence. It is a place where horses heal, ... body, mind, and soul.
Equine Facilitated Learning is a hands-on, educational program, that uses the interactions and developing relationships between horses and humans within an environment of learning and self-discovery. Significantly, it is designed to promote personal growth and the development of positive life-long skills including socialization and pragmatic development of language skills, in an enjoyable and supportive environment. Through a curriculum of activities designed to address individual goals and needs, each equine interaction is framed to help students learn, scaffolding for cognitive development skills leading to growth in maturity, manifesting future independent skills. The ranch environment naturally lends itself to fostering a uniquely, multi-sensory classroom.<br /><br />Noted as a natural partner to educate us about ourselves and society, the equine enhances skill development and offers a platform for clients to practice better ways to navigate life because:<br />1. Equines are herd animals who naturally want to interact. They easily engage students with their willingness to respond and cooperate. Thus, developing the skills to effectively communicate with a horse, builds self-confidence, empathy, and trust.<br />2. Visually, horses are large animals and therefore can easily represent some of lifeâ€™s biggest challenges offering a scenario which generalizes to the obstacles faced in personal and social situations.<br />3. Horses are prey animals and survival is dependent upon the ability to be sensitive to both non-verbal communication and another's intent, even when it is subconscious. In response to the body language evidenced by clients, feedback is given. Interestingly enough, the feedback horses provide in response to body language is indeed valuable information, providing avenues for clients to become aware of the communication process. Of course, horses do not have ulterior motives when they interact. Thus, their non-judgmental presence creates an emotionally-safe learning environment.<br />4. Horses have survived for thousands of years because they create an effective social hierarchy with clear rules and responsibilities ensuring safety and harmony within the herd. Acquiring knowledge pertaining to herd dynamics and observing the horses as they interact, is another metaphor for society, providing opportunities to explore social situations and how to successfully navigate within them.<br /><br />It is important to note that all of our programs including our Adaptive Riding Lessons, At-Risk Youth Programs, Hippotherapy, and Summer Camps are based on the above premises.