NCAL Equine Assisted Therapy Program

Equine Assisted Wellness Program

Pilot Program starting February 2024

The NCAL Equine Assisted Wellness Program offers a diverse range of un-mounted and mounted activities designed to promote healing, connection, and personal growth.

  • Groundwork and grooming sessions provide an opportunity for individuals to develop a bond with our resident horses through activities like brushing, bathing, and hoof cleaning, promoting a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.
  • Participants may engage in Equine-Assisted Learning sessions, where they navigate obstacle courses alongside their equine partners, fostering teamwork and communication skills.
  • For those seeking mindfulness and relaxation, our program can incorporate guided exercises in the presence of horses, encouraging a calm and centered state of mind.
  • Additionally, nature connection programs, sensory integration activities, and social skills development sessions are available, catering to a wide spectrum of therapeutic needs.
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At NCAL, our commitment is to customize the experience, ensuring that each participant finds comfort and inspiration in their unique journey with our equine companions.


We are dedicated to ensuring that the NCAL Equine Assisted Wellness Program is accessible to everyone in our community who seeks its benefits. We wholeheartedly welcome individuals of all ages, diverse backgrounds, and varying abilities.

Experienced Team:

Our dedicated team includes PATH-certified and experienced program coordinators and staff, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of every therapeutic session. Our lead counselors bring years of equine-assisted program experience, promising a supportive and enriching therapeutic environment.

Tailor-Made Experiences:

At NCAL, we understand that each individual has unique needs and comfort levels. Our program coordinators and staff, all lifelong horse owners with decades of experience, will work closely with each participant to tailor a program that suits them best. Whether it’s grooming, walking, or riding, we are committed to creating a personalized, comfortable, and beneficial experience.

Enrollment Information:

  • Starting February 2024, we will open 10 1-hour long slots per week for various Equine Assisted Wellness sessions.
  • Program participants will be able to pre-register online, for ease of scheduling.
  • Sessions, ranging from 30 minutes ($45) to 1 hour ($60), can be customized to fit your schedule and budget.
  • We recommend a 10-session program with weekly visits, though we are flexible and willing to accommodate your needs. This structure allows participants to build a rapport with the horses, experience different aspects of the wellness program, and gradually explore its benefits.
  • A personalized plan will be developed alongside you and your care team.

Whether you’re navigating physical challenges, seeking emotional support, or simply exploring the enriching world of equine interaction, NCAL is here for you. Our goal is to create a warm and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome, supported, and able to embark on a personalized journey towards well-being.

No matter your circumstances, NCAL is dedicated to making the transformative power of equine-assisted wellness accessible to all who seek it.