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Equine Therapy

What is Equine Therapy?

Equine therapy, also known as equine-assisted or simply horse therapy, is a method of physical, occupational, and emotional development through the experiential opportunity of caring for horses. Through the self-discipline and responsibility necessary to care for the animal, young girls find renewed strength and self-worth as well as learn to build trust.

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The Benefits of Equine Therapy

Teenage girls are experiencing overwhelming changes, both physically and emotionally. Theirs is a world of wonder: wondering if they look ok, wondering what they are going to become, wondering if they fit in. Equine therapy helps them build their confidence and understand that they are a vital part of each day.

Equine-assisted therapy also helps teenage girls to:

  • Gain empathy

  • Understand compassion

  • Learn self-discipline

  • Honor commitments

  • Build trust

  • Enhance problem-solving skills

  • Appreciate their self-worth

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How Does Equine Therapy Work?

This youth therapy makes the girls responsible for the grooming, feeding, and leading of the horses. The goal is to create a bond and establish boundaries between horse and human that can then be transferred to their everyday relationships and interactions with people.

Questions about our Equine program, please call us at (435) 691-4318

The Role of Therapist in Equine Therapy 

A certified trainer will work with the girls to help them learn the ropes of caring for these large and beautiful animals, but the therapist is merely an observer as the girls complete their daily tasks with the horses.


Some things the therapist will be looking for and then later discuss and work on with the teen include:

  • Distress tolerance

  • Patience

  • Impulse control

  • Social/emotional awareness

  • Physical awareness

  • Adaptability

  • Ability to bond

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What Can Be Treated Through Equine Therapy?

Horse therapy may just be one of the most all-encompassing therapies available. That’s just one reason we at Renewed Hope Ranch believe in it so strongly. Not only can it help your teenage daughter with the emotional, psychological, and social issues associated with getting through her teen years, it is also extremely effective in treating other disorders such as:

  • Autism


  • Anxiety

  • Developmental Delay

  • Down Syndrome

  • PTSD

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Dementia

  • RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder)

  • And many more mental health disorders

Meet The Equine Team



Meet Our Horses

If you have any questions about enrollment, admissions or our program, please call us at (435) 691-4318

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