Services & Programs

Horses 4 Healing

Horses4Healing equine-assisted therapy services are interactive sessions tailored to meet the mental health needs of our clients. All individual and family sessions follow the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model, the gold standard for equine-assisted therapy. The therapeutic team consists of a licensed mental health professional, a certified equine specialist, and one or more horses. EAGALA sessions utilize a different approach than other therapeutic horsemanship programs in that there is no riding involved. In fact, horses play a completely different role in the therapeutic process. The goal is for a client to interact with horses from the ground, observe the horses’ reactions to them, and identify ways these reactions are metaphors for something going on in the client’s life. Each session lasts 50-60 minutes. 

  • Individual equine-assisted therapy session - $120 to $150

  • Family equine-assisted therapy session - $150

Horsemanship Empowerment

by Bonny Barry

Imagine having a horse follow your directions willingly without a lead rope or treats. This and much more awaits you as you learn the language of equine communication.

 

This program, conducted by Bonny Barry, a certified equine specialist, is designed for persons who want to achieve horsemanship skills that create a true partnership with the horse. Learning to communicate with the horse effectively and consistently is a key component of training. The participant will gain insight, knowledge, and confidence through on-the-ground equine training in the open-air covered arena. Horsemanship Empowerment includes personalized education, instruction, and skills-building, through an array of ground training and equine-assisted learning methods such as liberty training. It is an excellent way to achieve personal growth through confidence building, motivation, and hopefulness. (After mastery is achieved at the ground level in the Empowerment Program, a participant may choose to pursue mounted riding in the Saddle Up for Success Program.)

Both youth and adult programs are available. Children must be at least 7 years of age. Beginners are welcome, as well as seasoned equestrians who want a fresh approach.

 

Individual and group sessions are offered. Group programming can be tailored to specific ages, needs, level of expertise and range from 2 to 4 participants.

The program is located at Carousel Farms utilizing Equine Reflections' horses and tack. Off-site programming is offered with participant(s) horse(s) on a case by case basis. To ensure a safe environment that is beneficial to learning,  this decision is dependent on the location,  type of facility, arena space, and horse(s).  A specialized halter and lead rope are required for training.

Cost per participant (On-site) :                                             

  • 90-minute Initial Individual Session - $75

  • 60-minute Individual Session - $55

  • Package of 10 Individual Sessions - $500

Cost per participant (Off-site*):

  • 90-minute Initial Individual Session - $75

  • 60-minute Individual Session - $60

  • Package of 10 Individual Sessions - $550

      *Participant(s) must pay off-site arena fees if applicable

Saddle Up for Success

Do you dream of riding a horse for the first time or riding in union with your own or other horses?  Look no more! The Saddle Up for Success Program located at Carousel Farms and conducted by certified equine specialist Bonny Barry is sure to meet your training needs.  

 

Saddle Up builds on the foundation of the Horsemanship Empowerment Program (see description above) by first mastering groundwork with the horse. The horse and rider are then established as a team and communicate easily. Moving to “in the saddle” work is a natural progression for both the rider and the horse. 

 

Saddle Up is offered for beginners all the way to the advanced equestrian.  Riders from age 7 through adulthood are welcome.  Instruction is individualized, though group instruction is also available. Group instruction must be approved in advance in consideration of riding level and the number of participants (2-4) for safety and learning purposes. On-site sessions are offered with Equine Reflections' horses and tack. Off-site sessions are also offered with the participant’s horse. Please refer to the off-site requirements in the Horsemanship Empowerment Program. 

 

This program features an array of mounted-rider skills development. Instruction includes emergency dismount, secure seat exercises, balance at the halt, walk, trot and canter, patterned drills, and trail rides.   

Cost per participant (On-site):

  • 60-minute Individual Session - $ 60

  • Package of 10 Individual Sessions - $550​

Cost per participant (Off-site*):

  • 60-minute Individual Session - $65

  • Package of 10 Individual Sessions - $600
    ​*Participant(s) must pay off-site arena fees if applicable

Professional Development Retreat

Equine Reflections' Professional Development Retreat is a fun, engaging, and interactive team-building experience that uses equine-assisted activities to build leadership skills, to improve communications, and to help corporate teams connect on a deeper level. As you work as a team, your horse partners will act as a real-time performance review, providing honest feedback as you go. You will not only learn, but also experience what it takes to get it right. Our team of certified and accomplished facilitators are selected carefully for their commitment, passion, professionalism, and diverse backgrounds. Many of our team members have walked in your shoes. We will WOW you as we link your experiences and challenges to our horses, a process that clarifies and builds the skills and behaviors of high performing teams. Horse experience is not necessary and no riding is involved. All of your experiences will take place on the ground. The length of this retreat will be customized to fit within your workday. Lunch is provided on-site.

       

This program is on hold in compliance with LA Department of Health mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whoa to Bullying, Giddy Up To Kindness

The Whoa to Bullying, GiddyUp to Kindness field trip is a one-of-a-kind equine-assisted activity that focuses on the problem of bullying and how to stop it. Our field trip program is based on the principles of character-based education which promotes kindness and consideration of others. The benefits of this program include growing in self-awareness about what constitutes bullying, setting healthy boundaries and taking responsibility for better choices, developing empathy and compassion, and identifying advocates and safe adults who can help. Though this field trip incorporates the use of horses as teachers, no riding is involved and no horsemanship experience is required. Our team can adjust interactive activities to match students’ abilities and level of comfort with the horses.

       

This program is on hold in compliance with LA Department of Health mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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