About Our Programs
We provide a variety of equine-assisted 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 Services (EAS)?
Equine Assisted Services include a variety of different activities and therapies:
- 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).
- Psychotherapy Incorporating Interactions with Horses: 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 at 757-566-1775 to discuss how we serve groups coming from schools.
Who Benefits from Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies?
Who benefits from equine-assisted services?
Dream Catchers serves people living with physical, cognitive, social, and emotional disabilities. The most common diagnoses among our participants are: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental/Intellectual Disorders, Behavioral/Emotional Diagnoses, ADD/ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Mobility issues, Neuromuscular disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dementia.
Our staff, volunteers, and horses have served people from all walks of life, including children, senior citizens, at-risk youth, veterans, and active military personnel.
How Do I get Started?
The 1st step – Call us at 757-566-1775! 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 will identify which service(s) is the most appropriate for your needs. We’ll then work with you to:
- 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 (Mental Health Only)