Promise Ranch Therapies & Recreation

In summer 2021 we moved to a new location in Castle Rock - a home of our very own! The property we purchased is 49 years old and has good bones, but needs many repairs and updates: fence repairs on 17 acres, bathroom updates & make them ADA accessible, update the barn and horse turn-outs, and more.

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Mental Health Counseling

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Horses have a unique sensitivity to people's feelings and can act as an emotional mirror, reflecting a human's emotions and experience. Equine therapy is a form of counseling that involve interactions between a client, a horses, and a therapist.
Horses and equine therapists can work with clients on developing assertiveness skills, self-control, emotional awareness, social skills and interpersonal relationships, impulse control, empathy, confidence and trust in self and others.

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Occupational and Speech Therapies

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities

Description

Occupational therapy on the Ranch, with jobs that must be done regularly to maintain the land and the animals, can improve sensory processing and executive functioning skills, fine and gross motor skills, body-awareness, self-confidence and relationships with others. Speech therapy at the Ranch, with nature-themed activities are designed to emphasize social communication, expressive language and articulation.

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Adaptive Riding and Ground Work

Class

Recreation & Sports 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Adaptive Riding, is a recreational activity in which participants learn horsemanship and horseback riding skills. Though a recreational activity, there is significant therapeutic benefit physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally for the participant. Lessons are provided under the direction of PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors, and are tailored to meet each participant's needs and desires.

In an adaptive riding lesson, participants learn horsemanship skills such as grooming, leading, and tacking, in order to connect and partner with their horses. They also learn about and practice various aspects of horse care and management. While mounted, participants benefit passively from the movement of the horse while learning and practicing riding skills. Our instructors incorporate a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as games and activities that enhance each lesson experience and help each rider meet goals.

Ground Work is an unmounted program for people who are interested in hands-on work with the horses from the ground. The focus is on learning about equine behavior and psychology, grooming, care and conditioning. The benefits to participants include improved self-confidence through learning horse-handling techniques and increased awareness of self and equine body language. Ground Work often allows participants to develop a greater connection with the horse that may not be as attainable during a mounted lesson.

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Horsemanship for Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Females
Males
Military
Veterans

Description

Our horsemanship class is open to both Veterans and Servicemembers of the U.S. Armed Forces. This class focuses on teaching horse behavior and psychology, safety around horses, and basic groundwork skills, all as a platform for further equine education and as an exciting opportunity for experiential learning.

Through meaningful individual and group interactions with our horses, participants learn how to create safe, fair, and effective horse-human partnerships, and may develop or improve important life skills such as self-awareness, self-confidence, emotional regulation, and verbal/non-verbal communication skills. Participants also benefit from the support and camaraderie of other Veterans and Servicemembers participating or volunteering in the class.

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Hippotherapy

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Hippotherapy is a medical treatment strategy employed by Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists, in which the movement of the horse is the primary treatment tool.
Animals, and horses in particular, are very motivating. The Promise Ranch environment is not traditional. It is refreshing to a client, a child, that they are not coming to a hospital or clinic, yet they can achieve the same benefits and even added ones, by coming to a nature-based environment and work on OT or Speech or PT goals without even realizing that is what they are doing. The goals are therapeutic but also affect areas that aren't necessarily goal areas - like confidence and mood and regulating emotions.
According to the American Hippotherapy Association, therapy professionals "use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient's integrated plan of care."
The connection between a client and an animal increases and speeds the rate of progress on goals. In a hippotherapy session, clients are able to develop meaningful relationships with their horses through both mounted and ground-based interactions. During mounted work, clients are directed through a variety of purposeful position changes and therapeutic activities, while the horse is moving through various arena figures such as straight lines, circles, figure-8's, and serpentines. All movement patterns, position changes, and therapeutic activities are intentionally chosen to assist in the achievement of physical, cognitive, and sensory goals.

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