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Horses have been an important part of Remuda Ranch since 1926. In fact, the word “Remuda” refers to the group of horses used to give rest and provide a fresh start for the journey ahead.
Our Equine Program includes instruction in horse care, grooming procedures, saddlery, and basic equitation. Once deemed medically stable, each patient is paired with a horse based on her previous riding experience and individual needs. She then participates three days per week of EAGALA-based therapeutic groundwork with trail rides.
Remuda Ranch horses are gentle, affectionate creatures who display a natural curiosity about the world around them. A patient may come into the program with a fear of horses, or fear related to other areas such as commitment or responsibility. As the bond between patient and horse develops, these fears and other feelings of anger or inadequacy often dissipate. What’s more, as a patient cares for a horse, it helps reduce her focus on herself. Spending time together, whether riding, grooming or communicating on any level, the two develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust.
Working with these large animals gives our patients an opportunity to learn healthy new skills.
Each patient discovers how to practice effective communication and achieve the proper response from her horse. One success builds on another, and in no time, her feelings of self worth, confidence and effectiveness return.
Horses have always played an important role at Remuda Ranch. Yesterday, it was to provide a fresh start on the dusty trail; today, these extraordinary creatures help women and girls get a fresh start on the road to recovery.
Remuda Ranch combines evidence-based theories to teach coping and containment skills in order to do the deeper work to get at the source of the eating disorder so that a person can make long lasting recovery-based change.
We have treated eating disorders for more than 20 years. We know that recovery is absolutely possible. It's happening every day at Remuda Ranch. Based on feedback from patients, families and professionals, the vast majority of our patients remain committed to a life of health, balance and purpose.
For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to a Counselor at 866-390-5100 or complete a Take the Next Step form and we will contact you with the information you need.