Equine Therapy

Therapists at Moonridge Academy are trained and certified in Equine Therapy. Each girl participates in weekly Equine Therapy groups.  The magic of working on emotional and behavioral issues with a horse can hardly be explained.  Girls learn to build trust and confidence with these incredibly intuitive animals.  Horses give a completely honest reflection of what's happening internally with a girl.  Therapists use the relationship between the girl and the horse to gather immediate feedback on emotional stability, levels of confidence, trust and team-building.  

We even do Equine Therapy with our on-campus miniature horses and our baby horse!  These little guys will often mirror a young teenage girls' emotional dysregulation, depression and/or anxiety.  Our girls quickly recognize themselves in the horses and become very committed to not only helping the horse, but also working through their own issues.  Equine Therapy with miniature and baby horses is not only soul-changing, but so much fun! Laughter tends to be the norm as girls are working through challenges with their height-challenged equine friends!

Girls also participate in Equine Therapy with the large horses at our sister campus--Kolob Canyon RTC.  Weekly, girls receive horseback riding instruction with the large horses.  They are taught the hunter/jumper style of horseback riding.  Many of the girls enjoy riding and choose to compete at local horse shows.