Providing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies since 1987


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Come connect with your family members!!

The Family H.E.R.D. program offered at Horses Help is a wholesome time at the ranch for your family. H.E.R.D. is an acronym for Honor, Emotion, Respect, and Devotion. The program centers on enhancing family communication and interaction through horse-based activities that the family can do together in an outdoor environment, without technology.

This program promotes bringing families together through each member’s participation in discussion and hands-on horse activities. The horses demonstrate nonverbal communication styles and how each person’s perception of an event may be different. Through these activities, families can keep it as basic as spending a day together learning about horses or it can be taken to deeper levels where interpersonal skills are explored so families have an opportunity to evaluate their own dynamics.

As part of this program, Horses Help has incorporated an adapted version of the Cowboy Ethics, a book written by James P. Owen. The Cowboy Ethics are ten simple codes to live by and have often gone unwritten. These ethics were commonplace during the cowboy era but still hold a strong value in today’s fast paced society. Families can decide which values best suit their family and how they will implement them.

Each individual finds his/her own Codes which then enhances the family unit. As part of this exploration the families experience the horses as individuals and also as a herd. These interactions can open doors to communication as well as understanding the unspoken language.

The first two-hour visit can be the endpoint for the family, or it can lead to additional visits to delve deeper into their interpersonal relationships.

For more information or to register contact Kerri Sorensen at


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