Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association

EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Model for psychotherapy. EAGALA is a ground-based (no riding) therapy, in which humans learn about themselves through horses. EAGALA model is used for individual, group, family, couple, and corporate work. Equine-assisted therapies can be used for various issues, some of which include PTSD (veterans included!), communication, relationship-building, problem-solving, emotion-management, and many others.

If interested, or if you know anyone that would benefit from this form of equine assisted therapy please contact Laura Friday at laura.hoovesofhope@aol.com. All sessions offered are done in a confidential atmosphere that respect individuals privacy.

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding is a horseback approach to therapy in which the client is challenged to achieve goals and improve cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Therapeutic riding improves coordination, posture, muscle control, increases flexibility, and helps with breathing and circulation. It is also psychologically beneficial by increasing concentration, improving sequential thought processing, developing spatial awareness, and improving a rider’s ability to articulate emotion. Therapeutic riding fosters independence in the individual which promotes a higher self-esteem and self-confidence and in turn allows for improved relational and social skills.

If interested in Therapeutic Riding please contact hoovesofhope@aol.com. Each Therapeutic Riding session is facilitated by a PATH certified instructor and lasts one hour .

Therapeutic (Carriage) Driving  

Therapeutic Driving provides an alternative to riding for individuals with mental, physical or sensory disabilities who may not be able to ride a horse due to weight, inability to sit astride the horse or other reasons. Participants are able to interact with the horse and control the horse when driving, just as they would if they were riding. Therapeutic Driving provides more security for those who may be afraid of heights, have balance issues or low muscle tone. The movement that participants feel when driving is different than when riding and can be very soothing, especially for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Therapeutic Driving can be beneficial for many others as well, including those diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and Learning or Language Delays. The benefits of Therapeutic Driving are numerous! It allows the participants to learn about horses, safety, tack and equipment, as well as independent and team work, and helps to improve posture and balance, coordination, large and fine motor skills and what might be the most important for some–increased confidence and self-esteem!



Veterans Program

Hooves of Hope Veterans Program: Operation Hope helps promote healing, personal growth, and increased confidence in veterans and their families. We offer equine assisted therapy which utilizes the ability of the horse to mirror our emotions, ultimately resulting in enhanced self-awareness. The horse, being a hypervigilant animal, has an innate ability to confront and address an individual’s emotional well-being. We want to share the peace that is felt in the presence of a horse with the men and women who have served our country.



Equine Assisted Learning Youth Program

Hooves of Hope Equine Assisted Learning Youth Program provides youth in the community with an alternative educational based program that encourages self-growth, character development, and responsibility through equine-assisted activities and learning. The goal is to increase individuals social skills by working with others, team building, conflict resolution, encourage responsibility by learning correct horse husbandry skills, educate individuals about horse behavior, care, and training, promote leadership and cohesiveness by practicing decision making and relations with their peers, and develop healthy outlet for emotions and personal development by journaling and group discussion time.