Frequently asked questions
The following are common questions asked by our potential clients and donors. If you have a question that’s not included here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Can I still participate in equine-assisted psychotherapy if I do not have any experience around horses or I am afraid of them?
Yes! You do not need to have a background with horses in order to participate in equine-assisted psychotherapy. All of our horses have been trained to be with individuals in the round pen. However, it is always a good idea to treat the horse with respect and always be aware of your own personal space.
Are there any riding activities?
No, all sessions are ground-based (un-mounted). If you are interested in learning horsemanship or equestrian riding, we can recommend someone within the community.
What do I wear?
We recommend that you wear something that feels comfortable to you and that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet, depending on the activity. We suggest that you wear clothing that accommodates a range of temperatures. Closed toe shoes with a sturdy sole is required. If you wear sandals, you will not be permitted to interact with the horses (you will have to stay outside of the arena). Additionally, we suggest that you bring sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses and water.
What do people get our of the sessions?
Is the horse part of the therapy team?
How many sessions are needed before I see relief?
Although it is impossible to know how long someone will be in psychotherapy, we will check in with you periodically (every 4 – 6 weeks) to discuss the progress.
How much does a session cost?
Do I need to be in talk therapy to attend a session with the horses?
No. Equine-assisted psychotherapy can be an effective stand-alone therapy. If you are involved in traditional therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy can be a wonderful complement to your in-office sessions.
Do you take insurance?
We do not accept insurance at this time. However, we can provide a “superbill” that you may submit for reimbursement with your insurance company.
Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Rise Canyon Ranch is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation – Tax ID#82-4700130. Your donations are tax-deductible.