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Therapy with Animals

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Animal Assisted Therapy at Anchor Counseling 

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Applewood Ranch

45w129 Welter Road

Maple Park, IL. 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Animal Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is offered to Anchor Counseling clients aged 12 and over who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, mood issues, and trauma history.


Equine therapies are primarily based on the ground with the horse, rather than riding. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy may be covered by your insurance.


Contact Angel at Anchor Counseling at for more details.


Horse Power Therapeutic Riding 

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Honey Bridge Ranch

6N917 Rt. 25

St. Charles, IL 60174

Riding lessons, EAL (Equine Assisted Learning), and Critter Connections are currently available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Students ages three and up are welcome.

Scholarship Information can be found on the Horse Power website.


What to Expect: "Therapeutic horseback riding is a dynamic recreational activity in which individuals with special needs are able to overcome challenges and learn new skills. 


Communication, connection, and teamwork between the participant and their horse offer physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory, and social growth opportunities.  Plus, the horse provides irresistible motivation, allowing participants to achieve more in the saddle than in other traditional sports and therapies.

Physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges no longer need to stand in the way of those with special needs who dream about getting into the saddle and making a connection with a special horse.  We strive to show our participants the horse's power to change us, inside and out.


Individualized lesson programs include intake and assessment sessions, groom and tack, groundwork, and horseback riding instruction.  We also provide non-disabled riders the extra support they may desire as well as carefully trained, reliable horses and a safe, fun environment in which to learn. "

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