Equine Program

The Equine Program teaches horsemanship, care and maintenance of another living creature and incorporates horses into a therapeutic setting. Using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and the collaborative efforts of a licensed therapist, a horse professional, and our residents, New River Ranch utilizes horses to address treatment goals.


Why Horses?

  • Horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. This provides wonderful metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
  • Horses are similar to humans in that they are social animals with defined roles within their herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods.
  • Horses require commitment, whether in caring for them or working with them. In an era of immediate gratification, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work in order to be successful; a valuable characteristic in all aspects of life.

Benefits of Equine Activities

  • Improves confidence and self-esteem by instilling an overall sense of well-being, accomplishment and responsibility
  • Increases positive emotional behavior, social interaction and life skills.
  • Teaches accountability, communication skills and assertiveness.


351 New River Ranch Road | P.O. Box 178
Fayetteville, WV 25840
P: (304) 574-1058