A new study on the facial expressions of horses may bring us closer to understanding the unique way that humans and horses communicate, and perhaps explain why horses can be powerful allies in the treatment of addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD and more.
The therapeutic benefit of being around animals has long been known to anyone who has cared for and loved a pet. Whether that animal is a dog or a cat, or even a horse, the unconditional love and the selflessness they exhibit can be immensely healing. For drug addicts, the presence of animals during therapy […]
In celebration of 15 years of service, The Ranch will host an open house on April 4 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its 2,000 acre horse and cattle ranch in Nunnelly, Tenn. Nunnelly, TN (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 – On April 4, 2014, The Ranch treatment center in Tennessee will celebrate its 15th […]
Encouraging patients to interact with animals isn’t a new concept in medicine. You likely have heard news stories of therapy dogs visiting pediatric hospitals or a cat that lives among nursing home residents. Now, addiction treatment specialists are using horses to help alcoholics find sobriety. If you or a loved one needs treatment for alcohol […]
The New Year of 2014 is here and with it the opportunity to make great strides in recovery. It’s also the year of the horse in the Chinese zodiac, related to the Chinese calendar. At The Ranch, there’s no better time or place to find your way in sobriety, especially if you like horses. First, […]
There are many different options for drug rehab treatment, including chemical detoxification, residential treatment programs, and behavioral therapy. Many individuals find equine therapy to be a very beneficial part of drug treatment when it comes to gaining control over their addiction.
In reading the title of this article, your first thought may be that someone has made a mistake. Surely, you are thinking, they must be referring to ‘animal-assisted therapy’, which is a fairly familiar topic to anyone who has done a Google search looking for information about alternative treatments for addiction and other chronic health […]
Ask any animal lover and they’ll tell you that pets can help you heal nearly any hurt. But ask a scientist and you might be surprised to receive the same answer! Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), and Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) have gained some attention from researchers due to the positive (or is that “pawsitive”) outcomes reported. While […]
Depression affects approximately three percent of the population, making it one of the most common mental disorders. It is also difficult to treat in some cases. While many people benefit from traditional therapy, it is widely believed that many patients require a boost from an additional type of treatment.
Horses are part of Dede Beasley’s DNA. She has been riding since she was a little girl, joining a long line of equestrian experts in her family. Growing up, day-to-day life wasn’t always easy. As a child o f two erratic alcoholics, Dede struggled with eating disorders, alcoholism, abusive relationships and trauma through adolescence and young adulthood.