Blueforest Gives Back Applicant Spotlight: Shepherd Youth Ranch

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Shepherd Youth Ranch provides equine assisted therapy and learning programs to in-need children and families. Children from the surrounding counties participate in a wide variety of therapy sessions at the ranch, at home, and in school. Children who are eligible for services include those suffering from mental disorders, abuse and neglect, autism spectrum disorder, and referrals from the juvenile court system.

Each horse counseling session is administered by professionals who have (or are pursuing) a master’s degree in the fields of counseling, education, and social work.

Children who are suffering from hardships such as loss of a loved one, abandonment and abuse are referred to the ranch’s 24-week trauma-focused therapy program, consisting of group and family sessions. Shepherd Youth Ranch also gives in-need children the opportunity to participate in other equine assisted therapy activities including a one-week summer camp and community service projects.


What we love about Shepherd Youth Ranch is their mission to restore the lives of children and families. Animals alleviate stress and allow people to become calm and comfortable. They also reduce boredom, bring smiles to people’s faces and uplift spirits. At Shepherd Youth Ranch, creating priceless bonds between children and horses is a fundamental element to the healing process. They have had tremendous success and we look forward to learning more about Shepherd Youth Ranch.

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