McDavitt Equine Services
Healing with Horses
To provide a safe environment where individuals and groups are allowed to interact, communicate and reflect with horses in a way that will promote the balance necessary to maximize the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms of one’s health, and achieve optimum individual wellness.
For those who are familiar with horses, this question may not need asking, as they recognize and understand the capacity of horses to impact people in very powerful manners. Be it through training, horsemanship, care, or simply developing a personal relationship, horses are naturally able to affect people in meaningful ways.
Horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop an improved sense of confidence. The size and power of horses are naturally intimidating for many, and accomplishing a task involving them, in spite of personal fears, not only creates confidence but also metaphors for many of life's obstacles.
Horses, like humans, are very social creatures. They have defined roles within the herd dynamic, and would prefer to be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They can be stubborn, defiant, and indifferent or they can be cooperative, willing and engaged. Like humans, an approach that works with one, does not always work with others. This inherent individuality helps to establish metaphors that closely mirror our daily interactions, helping to form the tools necessary to work with difficult individuals, groups, and situations.
Horses are sensitive to non-verbal communication and respond well to what we give them 'in the moment'. As a result, their responses can become familiar, often times reflecting similar interactions and responses with others. They can also assist in showing how external influences such as fears, stereotypes, dreams, interpersonal dynamics, and addictions can influence our daily lives. They become very real representations of these relationships and allow us to examine how to move toward positive change.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and a horse professional working with clients and horses to address treatment goals. The program is client driven, allowing the participant to draw their own metaphors and relate the happenings in the corral to their own lives and situations.
Session Fee: $125 per hour
Equine Assisted Growth
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning incorporates horses experientially through Growth and Learning Activities. It is a collaborative effort between the client's mental health professional, the horse professional, and other specialized professionals working with the clients and horses to address specific Learning Goals. Like EAP, our EAL program is client driven. The difference being EAL will have more structured activities, and more defined objectives most often used with promoting Life Skills, Social Skills, Processing Skills, Communication. and Team Building activities.
Life Skills will be based on the EAGALA Model and facilitated with either our resident Psychologist (MH) present, or with the Equine Professional (ES) only.
Session Fee: $75 with ES only
$125 with ES and MH
For those individuals who are not seeking specific therapeutic outcomes, or structured activities with defined learning objectives. Our Equine Activities provides the opportunity for individualized interactions with our horses, within a more leisure or recreational approach. Activities will range from grooming and basic horsemanship to individualized instruction. All activities are structured to focus on the specific needs of the individual client.
*Not available for individuals actively participating in therapeutic programming.
Session Fee : $25 per hour *base rate*
for At Risk Youth
CHAMPIONS is an EAGALA approved Group Curriculum for At Risk Youth. The Program is held over a series of 8 consecutive weeks, and consists of activities and therapist led process groups that cover topics including Decision Making, Peer Pressure, Self Confidence, and Anger Management. Youth will develop skills to help navigate the many challenges they face. They will be able to recognize temptations, identify personal strengths, and establish new, healthy life habits. Classes are scheduled based on group availability. Minimum enrollment 4 participants.
Course Fee: $200 per participant
& Trail Riding
Learn the basics of riding, or hone your skills with individual instruction and riding time. Start in the arena, and advance to riding the trails on our scenic property. Even if you have never ridden, we have horses that will help you overcome any fears and become a comfortable, confident rider.
Already a rider, and simply want to reconnect with the joy that horseback riding offers? Schedule a relaxing ride through the woods and let the stress of everyday drift away. With horses to match with any riding proficiency, you are sure to have an enjoyable time.
Riding Instruction Fee: $25 per hour
Trail Ride Fee: $25 per hour
Wellness & Self Care
for Professional Providers
As adults, we are always finding ourselves tending to the needs of others. But we mustn't forget to carve out some much needed time to care for ourselves. New this Spring we are offering a course for Wellness and Self Care to give you the opportunity to take care of the most important piece of the puzzle. Yourself. Without a healthy you, those people and responsibilities that depend on you might suffer. Learn about Burnout, Boundaries, Trauma Affects on you as a caregiver, Stress, Communication and more. Experience an unique model of exploring you and your own needs. Through Group Activities and Process Groups you can learn how to better navigate everything that life throws your way. Conveniently scheduled over an series of 8 weeks, the Wellness Program can offer that little bit of Me Time to meet and work with others facing similar stressors.
Minimum enrollment 4 participants
Course Fee:$200 per participant
Team Building, Professional Development, Staff Workshops
Inquire about Equine Assisted Team Building and Professional Development activities for your workplace. Utilizing the EAGALA model, our Professional Team will build a program specific to your unique workplace needs.
Course Fee: Rates vary depending on program requirements and participation numbers.
Contact us today and find out how you can benefit from the power of horses.
Individual and Group Rates Available
The Global Standard for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Personal Development