Welcome to the Ranch!
Friday, June 16th, 4-7pm - Open House at Praying Hands Ranch
Details are still being worked out, but plans are for therapy animal meet-and-greets, food trucks, games, crafts and more!
We will have volunteer orientation on Saturdays June 3 & 17 at 11AM and Mondays, May 22, June 5 and 19 at 4PM. This will be an orientation to the volunteer opportunities at PHR only. After orientation if you are interested in volunteering during our adaptive riding lessons we will review our openings and schedule training for you. If you are interested in other volunteer positions you will not need to schedule training and we can discuss your availability. Please visit our Become A Volunteer Page for signing up as a potential volunteer and to sign up for orientation.
Promise Ranch at Praying Hands Ranch
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Life looks brighter on horseback! PHR offers therapeutic riding lessons.
Anyone 14 years and older can be a volunteer. Volunteers are needed for all class times.
Support PHR, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with a contribution or by attending a fundraising event
Praying Hands Ranches, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) Center. Mounted EAAT activities are dynamic treatments that focus on the frequent, rhythmic, low-amplitude movement of the horse to help individuals achieve specific physical, cognitive, social, and emotional goals. EAAT can be used to complement other, more traditional, therapies. Mounted EAAT stimulates the entire body of the client in special way. When involved with an equine, clients of all ages increase their self-esteem and therapy is often more enjoyable than standard modalities. Each client is treated according to his or her specific condition. Mounted equine interactions require rhythm, dexterity, and connection with another living being. Lessons undergo continual adjustment depending on progress and medical conditions. The simple act of sitting on a horse provides a passive therapy. The horse’s body provides warmth and stabilization. Exercises are designed to combine active and passive elements. The passive input the horse provides through gait and pace translates into active neuro-muscular repositioning responses by the client. Body placement of the client on the horse and tack selection are also factors that influence the effectiveness of this active therapy. Some EAAT activities may not be mounted and may focus on fine motor skills involved in grooming and the social and emotional connection between an individual and an equine.