Equine Assisted


HOPE Ranch is a beautiful 8 acre ranch in the hills south west of Rochester, Minnesota, that specializes in:

  • Equine Facilitated Staff Development
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
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Why do you use Horses at HOPE Ranch?

Why Horses?

  • Horses naturally provide lessons in work ethic, assertiveness, communication and healthy relationships.
  • They are completely honest, powerful “mirrors” of human body language and mood.
  • They are highly effective teachers of life and relationship skills.
  • They teach us a lot about who we are.

Equine-facilitated learning helps the participant:

  • Learn about self and others
  • Process feelings, behaviors and patterns
  • Enhance the process of growth & healing
  • Develop and internalize learning on multiple level
  • Strengthen verbal and non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills, just to name a few

EAP does not focus on riding or horsemanship:

  • No horse experience needed
  • 100% of work/activities are done on the ground-No riding involved
  • Involves use of horses to apply life skills