How We Help

How We Help

Equine Assisted Therapy

Kids with emotional and behavioral issues can be difficult to work with. Most of them are slow to trust adults, and may be unwilling to trust anyone at all. In addition, if the emotional or behavioral issues are caused by abuse, the child could be angry and prone to emotional outbursts. Cognitive therapy that includes an equine assisted program can be of great benefit to this type of person.

There are several aspects of cognitive/equine assisted therapy that work well with kids who have emotional and behavioral issues. One of the simplest aspects is diversion. When a young person is focused on grooming, feeding, or exercising a horse, his focus is no longer on his own issues and problems. Far from being a “means of escape”, caring for the horse provides an often-needed respite for the person’s emotions and intellect. It can actually help the person feel refreshed and energized because the mind has been allowed to “rest” from its current problems.

  • 3 Wings of Life is an EAGALA CERTIFIED (Equine Assisted growth and Learning Association) facility.

Equine Assisted Therapy in Gold Canyon, AZ.

Accepting special needs and typical children ages 4 through 17.

Equine assisted therapy is a non riding program conducted with a mental health care professional and an equine specialist. For more information please visit

Karen & Clancy

Karen with her miniature horse Clancy are now certified Pet Partners. We would love to visit you in the hospital, assisted living facility, schools, or other public places and events. Please call 602-463-5001 to schedule a visit. For more information about Pet Partners and our certification process go to

Note: Some facilities do not allow indoor equine visits, please check with yours before scheduling.

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Don Donnelly’s D-Spur Ranch
15371 E. Ojo Rd.
Gold Canyon, AZ 85118