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Healing with Horses

For more information, please contact us at ​(520) 329-7757

Weekly 60 Minute Sessions
Ages: 18+

Healing with Horses is an innovative program that uses human-animal interactions to address the physical, emotional, psychological and educational needs of individuals with mental health issues.

The benefits of animal therapy are numerous. Interaction with animals in a safe and controlled environment encourages empathy, improves focus, provides mental stimulation, presents opportunities for socialization, and can contribute to the physical well-being of the participant

Healing with Horses will provide three types of animal interaction:

Therapeutic Riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Riders will participate in an adaptive riding lesson conducted by a certified instructor.

Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) provide opportunities for motivational, educational and/or recreational benefits to enhance the participant’s quality of life.  Participants may choose to groom, walk or read to a horse (miniature or full size) under the supervision of trained volunteers. Therapy dogs registered through Pet Partners will also be available.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is overseen and documented by a health and human service provider as a part of his/her profession. AAT is goal-directed with a specific end in mind, such as improvement in social skills or range of motion. Goals of AAT can be physical, mental, educational, or motivational. The instructors at Silver Lining Riding are not therapists; therefore, they work only to reinforce the goals set by an individual’s health care professional. They do not diagnose or treat illnesses.