Q: Can someone visit the ranch if they haven’t been abused?
A: Absolutely! Some come to the ranch because they love horses and find spending time with them therapeutic and others want to learn how to ride horses.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: There is no “fee” for therapy sessions with the horses. We rely on donations, as there are many expenses involved in the care of horses and upkeep of the grounds. Donations help us meet those needs.
Q: Are there certain days/times to schedule a session?
A: Sessions are scheduled by appointment only.
Q: How long do sessions last?
A: Typically, 1 hour.
Q: What benefits do working with/riding horses provide?
A: Working with horses brings physical, emotional, mental, educational, and social benefits unique to human to horse contact. Physical benefits include cardiovascular performance, hand-eye coordination, awareness of surroundings, balance, physical strength and coordination, motor function, good posture, and relieves stress. Emotional benefits include sense of enjoyment, excitement and anticipation, sense of well being, and control of emotions. Psychological benefits include self-esteem, confidence, patience, and persistence. Educational benefits include problem solving, improved focus, and self-discipline. Character benefits include responsibility, empathy, forethought (reaction time), teamwork, trust, communication skills and life lessons.
Q: What types of human diseases/conditions do horses help?
A: Addiction, abuse, anxiety, anger, autism, behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, depression, Down syndrome, fear, high blood pressure, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress relief, and trust issues.
Contact: Bridle Of Hope
Located in Byron Center, MI 49315
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