PHONE:         757.566.1775

E-MAIL:         info@dreamcatchers.org

Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center enriches the lives of children, adults, and families through equine assisted services offering education, empowerment, healing, and hope.

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Equine Assisted Services

About Our Programs

We provide a variety of programs and services to children and adults from age 4 through senior citizens all utilizing the unique qualities of horses. Each program/service meets different needs. Determining which program and service best meets the needs and the desires of the applicant depend on the results of an assessment.

What are Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)?

Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) includes a variety of different services: 

  • Therapeutic Riding: The process of teaching individuals with special needs equine-oriented riding skills for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, and emotional development of the individual.
  • Therapeutic Horsemanship: The process of teaching people with special needs how to handle and care for horses (unmounted).
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)Addresses Mental Health and Behavioral Health goals through activities with horses and a licensed mental health provider.
  • Equine Assisted Learning (EAL): An educational approach with the goal of facilitating life skills, personal growth and development with activities that involve horses. This service can be customized for an individual or to meet the needs of a group.
  • Corporate Team Building: Utilizes horses in team building activities that address the issues of communication, hierarchy and leadership, while building productive working relationships.
  • School Group: Call us to discuss how we serve groups coming from schools.
  • Professional Education and Mentorship: As a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) Premier Accredited Center, we are proud to offer PATH approved workshops in addition to those that we have developed for continuing education of EAAT professionals and those seeking the various PATH credentials and mentorship towards certification.
Who Benefits from Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies?

To date we have served people with over 150 different diagnoses. The most common diagnoses we serve are: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental/Intellectual Disorders, Behavioral/Emotional Diagnoses, ADD/ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Mobility issues, Multiple Sclerosis *Services for M.S. may be funded in part by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dementia.

How Do I get Started?

The 1st step – Call us! We want to get to know you, or the person for whom you are calling. This conversation will help us determine the most appropriate assessment option.

The 2nd step – Based on our conversation we will send you a welcome packet. This packet will provide you with follow up information, as well as the appropriate paperwork.

The 3rd step – Return the completed paperwork to us.

The 4th step – Set up an in-person assessment at Dream Catchers.

The 5th step – Based on the outcome of the assessment, we identify which service(s) is the most appropriate for your needs. If we can serve the applicant safely, then we will:

Determine the type of service that will be provided

Determine the day of the week and the time of the service

Discuss fees, possible scholarships and if insurance will cover the service (Speech and Mental Health Only)

Contact Us

Call Our Offices
(757) 566 – 1775