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Piedmont, SD 57769
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Eagle’s Ride Equine Center is located just east of the Black Hills and about ten miles from Rapid Young RiderCity, South Dakota.  The facility provides a number of services to horse loving enthusiasts from children to older adults “who always wanted to learn more about horses but never had the time”.  Instructors are well educated in their field.

The facility offers riding lessons to people of all ages.  A balanced seat approach is taught using dressage principles to all styles of riding.   Jumping is also offered.  Well trained school horses are provided or you can use your own horse. An indoor arena, outdoor arena, round pen and a jumping field provide a safe environment to ride in. 

Horse boarding is also available.  Horses are outside in a small pasture area with three-sided sheds for shelter.  Hay, grain, water and salt are provided in the board fees.  Veterinary and farrier care are available on a regular basis. 

Happy Hills Tack Shop is located on the premises specializing in English clothing and equipment.  Other supplies are also available.

Equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning is another service provided.  Because the horse acts as a mirror to our emotions, they provide an essential part to the therapy team.  Team members include a trained therapist and the horse specialist as well as the horse.  The EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model is used in the sessions.   See www.eagala.org

Judi demonstrating

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

As strange as it may seem, adding a horse to the psychotherapy equation may be the missing piece you've been looking for.

Equine assisted therapy is an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and learning. EAP is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or "brief" approachEquine Assisted Psychotherapy.

EAP is experiential in nature. Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing the horse, a dynamic and powerful living being.

Equine-assisted counseling consists of a hands-on approach, as an alternative to going to an office setting and doing traditional "talk" therapy. The certified staff is specially trained in working with people in finding solutions through individualized, action-oriented activities. One staff member is the certified clinical psychotherapist while the other staff is an equine expert knowledgeable in all aspects of horsemanship including teaching at the college level, therapeutic riding instructor and a counselor.

Equine-assisted counseling is not therapeutic riding or horsemanship, 90% of the work takes place on the ground. While emphasizing safety, Eagle's Ride staff design a program to get the client out of their head, experiencing and learning things about yourself in the here and now. This approach can be especially effective with those who find it difficult or reluctant to talk about or express feelings or problems, or for those who are finding it difficult to achieve success in traditional types of therapy.



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