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Kentucky equine therapy

We asked you to let us know about other equine therapy groups in our October “Healing Through Horses” feature. We heard from the following three nonprofit Kentucky groups, all of which have certified instructors and specialize in providing emotional and physical therapy to children, youth and adults:

New Day Ranch, Verona, (859) 322-2884. New Day Ranch is a nonprofit organization with 16 specially trained horses and a team of certified equine specialists and instructors, as well as dedicated volunteers. New Day Ranch uses equine-based techniques and exercises to explore emotions, tackle challenges, and encourage development in hands-on workshops for participants of all ages, abilities and objectives. New Day focuses on improving mental health and education through their equine therapy. Therapeutic programs at New Day Ranch are idea for groups, but also family and individual sessions are available in special cases. Licensed clinical psychologists are also available to work with children, adults and families who require psychotherapy. The ranch is located on local hero and famed jockey Stevie Cauthen’s old training center, and it is served by Owen Electric.

Circle H, Inc., Maysville, (859) 640-2544. Served by Fleming-Mason Energy, Circle H is a nonprofit organization, which is 100% volunteer driven, with services overseen by owners and certified equine specialists Bill and Carol Marnell. Circle H is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, and adults with and without special needs through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses. In northeastern Kentucky, they serve Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason and Robertson counties (in addition to Adams and Brown counties in Ohio).

Lovesome Stables, Dry Ridge, (859) 653-7410. A nonprofit organization served by Owen Electric, Lovesome Stables focuses on abilities rather than disabilities. They work with ages 4 and up to improve physical capabilities and functional skills while providing students opportunities for physical activities and social interaction. Lonesome Stables says that even those with minimal abilities can safely receive benefits from therapeutic riding with the assistance of a leader and two side walkers. They have recently started a program offering equine therapy for veterans.

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