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Bringing horses and humans together to enhance the lives of all…

SunsetSMExplore and expand the boundaries of your mind, body and spirit while engaging with the experienced therapy horses and staff at the Borderlands Center for Equine Assisted Services. Located in scenic Sonoita, Arizona, one hour south of the Tucson airport, Borderlands Center is a 15-acre private horse farm for those interested in learning and healing with the help of horses. At 5000 ft in elevation in grasslands and oaks adjacent to the Coronado National Forest, it’s about 10 degrees cooler than Tucson and provides a serene environment for workshops and equine-assisted activities.

What is included in our Equine Assisted Services?
 We provide mounted and unmounted horsemanship lessons, equine facilitated learning sessions and host training workshops for those who want to learn how to work with horses as sentient beings. Our faculty members are pioneers in equine-facilitated learning and psychotherapy and provide safe, mutually beneficial, equine assisted activities and therapy (EAA/T). Individual intensives to improve your horses skills or facilitation skills can also be designed to meet your specific needs with Ann Alden or Jennifer Parker, or spend time with both of us. Internships may be available in the future.

No previous horse experience is required for most of our programs. We work within a safe and peaceful environment where horses and humans alike are allowed to develop their full potential. We follow all applicable PATH International standards of practice, psychosocial safety guidelines, ethics and precautions and contraindications. We use effective, respectful methods of human-equine interactions that are supportive and non-confrontational. Our horses are gifted colleagues and are never teased, frightened or forced to do any exercise they are not comfortable with. For both horses and humans, we believe in challenge through choice to help ensure emotional as well as physical safety.

Click on Borderlands Banter, right, to receive our free newsletter. Borderlands Director Ann Alden, MA, CEIP-ED, PATH International Certified Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, offers articles related to equine assisted activities. She has presented on the subject at several PATH International conferences, Equine Guided Education Association conferences, and the Prescott College Gathering on Equine-assisted Learning and Mental Health Best Practices.