Tired of talking? We can help.

Therapy with horses at Horse Sense is about being able to create and maintain a connected relationship. Our therapy utilizes both the physiology and psychology of the horse to heal the physiology and psychology of the human. This experiential therapy gets beyond simply talking about challenges and instead participants learn by doing, reaching positive change more quickly than through traditional therapy approaches. We are trained in all kinds of equine therapy approaches, and we offer both EAGALA-model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning, and also Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP).

Much of the therapy takes place on the ground, side-by-side with specially-selected horses. Horses don't shame or blame; instead they respond to human behavior honestly and without judgement. Many of our horses come from "rescue" situations, and are often rehabilitated in the process of working with our clients.

Contact us to set up a session. Individual, couples, and family therapy available.

No horse experience necessary.

I think this experience was more valuable than any of the regular therapy sessions because the metaphors were clearer and I felt the staff [i.e., the horses] gave more feedback.
— SS

Our clients are as varied as our horses, and typically are facing challenges in their relationship with others, including parents, children, spouses, and coworkers. We often work with issues relating to addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, grief and loss and autism spectrum disorder.

Discover effective new strategies to manage unhealthy patterns and behaviors through our individual, couples, and family therapy services.

Horse Sense is a good fit for those seeking:

  • Therapy that gets beyond the surface and down to core issues quickly and effectively

  • Effective, Trauma-Informed treatment with horses

  • Programs for your organization, group home, or residential program that are innovative and effective

What are the benefits?

  • A somatic, tactile understanding, beyond intellectual awareness

  • An opportunity to identify patterns and re-examine their usefulness

  • A non-threatening environment to try out new behaviors and receive instant feedback

  • Immediate results and "AHAs" in just one session

EAP Issues we address:

What can I expect in a session?

All sessions take place with a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist, and one or more horses. For individual clients, we recommend a minimum of 6 sessions, and anticipate meeting with clients between 8-16 times or more times, depending on the goals.

What are pricing/payment options?

A standard individual 50-minute session is $145. We accept cash, check and credit card. BCBS accepted. Please call 828-683-7304 or email our office to connect with someone who can answer your questions about other private insurance.

For the private insurance that we do not accept, we provide you with the necessary paperwork to be reimbursed by your insurance company.

Referrals from another therapist

A referral from another therapist is not required.

If you have a primary therapist, you can ask them to complete a referral form so that, with your permission, we can coordinate your care.
You can also download our equine liability form.

Contact us to get this process started. 

What do I do next?

Contact us to set up a session.

Learn more about EAGALA.

Learn more about TF-EAP.