Horse Programs

Recreational riding sessions accommodate beginners and special needs. We take the time to teach the basics and match each person with an experience that fits their comfort level in our indoor arena or wooded trails.

We also take time to share our love of horses and their care. Hands on experienced and professional instruction provide a balance of fun and learning.


Equine Assisted Psychotheraphy

EAGALA Model equine-assisted psychotherapy often works where other traditional methods of treatment haven’t. Different from traditional talk therapy in an office, clients participate in ground-based activities with horses in a safe barn or woodland setting. The experiential nature of working with horses engages people in a healing process in a relaxed, confidential setting. Horses have a special ability to help people work through emotional barriers and serve as metaphors and powerful stand-ins for the people, issues, and challenges in a person’s life. Sessions may be enhanced with art therapy, journaling, and mindfulness activities.

Susan: 315-243-1578,

Equine Assisted Learning

Individual or group sessions help identify and overcome obstacles to learning. Clients address specific issues such as reading problems, or general obstacles to learning.  Watch for our special camps, or contact us for individual or group sessions.

Olga: 315-427-9429,

Corporate Team Building

Determine your team's goal and they will be empowered, find skills and be motivated to find solutions through this novel and engaging approach. Group sessions can be combined with other motivating, rejuvenating and empowering activities at Orenda Springs.

Olga: 315-427-9429,

For more details on equine therapy, visit www.eagala.orgeagala

Susan Thomas, LCSW-R and Olga Powers, M.S. are part of The EAGALA Network of more than 4,500 Mental Health Professionals and Equine Specialists in 50 countries. They are trained and credentialed to offer The EAGALA Model exclusively to their clients. Horses are uniquely sensitive to the feelings of those around them and respond in ways which reflect aspects of ourselves and our relationships. The EAGALA Model is an innovative, ethical set of best practices that builds on the human/horse connection to help people learn more about themselves and to use that learning to change their lives.