Equine-Assisted Services

Programs We Offer

Promise Ranch proudly provides Equine-Assisted Services for children and adults with developmental, physical, social or emotional healing needs.

Our PATH Intl and AHA certified riding instructors, occupational therapists, and physical therapists offer the following programs:

Adaptive Riding & Ground Work


Helping Heroes Equine Assisted-Services for Veterans

Our instructors and therapists work directly with our riders and their families to design goal-oriented lesson plans and plans of care. We are also happy to work with outside therapists, teachers, and counselors so that we can ensure consistency and goal-alignment for each and every rider.

Equine-Assisted Services (EAS)– an umbrella term that refers to any and all therapeutic or educational activities that are facilitated by a professional and assisted equines. This term encompasses a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to Adaptive Riding, Horse-Mounted Therapies and Horsemanship for Veterans.

Benefits of Equine-Assisted Services

EAS is generally divided into four categories – therapy, recreation/leisure, sport, and education. Individuals who participate in EAS benefit socially, physically, emotionally, and cognitively.

Physical Benefits of EAS

The movement of the horse at a walk simulates the human gait. A horse’s movement is 3-dimensional, rhythmical, symmetrical and repetitive and has the following effects on the rider:

Emotional and Cognitive Benefits of EAS

When working with or riding horses, an individual can experience many emotional and cognitive benefits such as:

Social Benefits of EAS

Horseback riding promotes independence as well as a general sense of well-being and normality by providing the participant with the opportunity to: