Equine Therapy at The Meadows Ranch
At The Meadows Ranch, our horses are on site, and patients have the opportunity to ride them each week, which is unique among equine therapy programs. Our skilled staff focus on the parallels between the horses and the individuals, teaching patients how to care for the horses as they learn how to care for themselves.
Once they are cleared to participate by the medical department, patients at The Meadows Ranch will generally have two sessions of equine therapy per week, one focused on psychotherapy and the other focused on riding. Previous riding experience is not required, though groundwork is necessary before a patient is able to ride. Patients will spend time getting to know the horses and staff first, establishing comfort and familiarity prior to the riding experience.
Psychotherapy and groundwork sessions are often group experiences, encouraging peer connection and collaboration. Because horses are sensitive and nonverbal, patients can learn a great deal about their own social behaviors, beliefs, and patterns that provide unique moments of insight and perspective. Mindfulness practices are woven in, and riding especially gives patients a chance to renew a positive connection between their minds and bodies.
“My favorite thing is to see the interaction of everybody working with the horses,” Coller says. “I really enjoy watching [the patients’] growth, how the horses respond, and the connections and relationships that are built within that time that everybody is there working with them.”