Mental Health Services at Healing Reins  

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center  provides mental health services that include horses and the farm environment to ages 6+ in Central Oregon. 

Equine Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) is a holistic, experiential and highly specialized form of therapy that involves working in collaboration with a horse, a therapist, and an equine specialist. This groundbreaking model is being used globally as a dynamic, powerful tool in mental health therapy.

Including horses in mental health counseling, psychotherapy, or social work is emerging as an effective experiential treatment technique. Clients get “outside of four walls” and experience the connection between themselves, horses, and the natural world.

Horses are uniquely suited to this kind of therapy, because they are intuitive and will physically react to behavior patterns and cues that people often miss. This creates a place for the therapist and client to connect on a deeper level and address issues that might otherwise go unnoticed in a traditional office setting.

The horse's sensitivity to subtle changes in their environment make them perfect partners for those seeking to improve their mental health. Due to their sensitivity, horses react and respond to people differently based upon the person's emotional state,  providing the client and the mental health professional with information regarding the client's moods and changes within those moods. If a client arrives anxious the horse will act and respond one way. If the client is able to reduce his or her anxiety, the horse's behaviors will also change. This provides a plethora of information and skill building opportunities for both the client and the mental health professional.

EAMH at Healing Reins

At Healing Reins, mental health professionals use equine-assisted mental health and farm-based activities as therapeutic techniques to address a wide range of goals and client needs. Clients that can benefit from this type of counseling include adults, teens, children, families, veterans, service members and more. 

  • Specifically targets ages 6 and up with mental and emotional health matters, stemming from traumatic life events, chemical imbalances, cognitive disorders, and a wide range of additional mental and emotional health distresses.
  • Creates a safe space Outside the 4-walls of a traditional clinical therapy setting for the client and therapist to interact with one another by engaging in activity with a horse during their therapy session.
  • The therapist partners with the horse to help the individual process their emotions, thoughts and reactions.

Studies show that Equine Assisted Mental Health has been helpful for patients in the following areas: assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualization, independence, self-regard, social responsibility, interpersonal relationships, grief/loss, cognitive disability, ADD/ADHD, autism, personality disorders, anxiety/depression, mood disorders, PTSD, and emotional/physical trauma.

Healing Reins’ Facility: Our ADA-approved facility and Mental Health clinic is equipped with 2 on-site private mental health studios with beautiful views of Mt. Bachelor and the Oregon Cascade range. Professionally licensed Therapists and Equine Specialists are supported by specially selected program horses to deliver year-round services.

Interested in our EAMH Services-- Please Complete the Interest Form Here or Call 541-382-9410 extension #105 for Equine Assisted Mental Health Service Inquiries or email Lisa Bradley, LPC, R-DMT, Clinical Manager at Please do not share confidential information in the email.


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