Mending Fences is the name for Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy programs at NHR. This program is a client driven, mental health program and is co-facilitated by an Equine Specialist and a licensed mental health professional. Experiential learning and interactions with horses encourage trust, respect, leadership, partnership, communication and confidence. The experiential nature allows the client to open up on his/her own time frame to handle any mental health problems, concerns or issues he/she might face. This is very effective with a variety of issues including communication, interpersonal relationship skills, coping skills, anger management, substance abuse, eating disorders and many others. Sessions are designed to address each participant’s needs and goals are established collaboratively by the client and treatment team.
New Horizon Ranch is a non-profit organization funded through grants, donations, and client fees. Specific fee amounts depend on the type of services provided and the number of clients involved in each session. Your fee will be discussed either during your initial contact with NHR or during your intake evaluation. A limited number of scholarships are available for individuals in need of financial assistance. Clients are expected to pay for each session at the time of their appointment unless other arrangements have been made.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning are designed to be short-term modalities. At New Horizon Ranch, we offer both individual and group sessions. Individual sessions are designed to address individual needs and goals established collaboratively by the client and treatment team, and outlined in a written treatment plan. These sessions are one hour in length and are offered on a weekly basis. Progress toward identified treatment goals are evaluated at regular intervals determined during the initial intake process. The duration of treatment is based on completion of treatment goals. In each weekly session, clients are given a task to work on which relates to their established goals. At the end of each task, clients process their experience during the task with the treatment team. Because EAP and EAL are time-limited, we ask that clients make every effort to attend all scheduled appointments. If a client will be unable to keep an appointment, it is expected that he or she will contact NHR to cancel the appointment. If sessions are canceled due to inclement weather, they will be rescheduled.
Group sessions are designed to be independent, stand-alone sessions. This allows freedom for variation in group membership or attendance. Sessions can be scheduled one at a time or as a series of sessions. Group sessions are typically two hours long. In general, group sessions consist of two activities, each one followed by group reflection time with the treatment team.