All services provided by Borderlands are based on the belief that equines are sentient beings. We work with horses instead of doing something to horses, and each horse is valued as a unique individual with its own personality, preferences and talents. We advocate spending time being with your horses without an agenda to better understand them while they are getting to know us better too. This leads to mutually beneficial, respectful and effective equine-facilitated interactions and relationships.


Workshops for adults who want to improve their facilitation skills, horse skills or learn more about a specific aspect of Equine-Assisted Learning or Therapy (EAAT) are the primary focus at Borderlands. Ann Alden has co-facilitated or hosted numerous workshops in the last 25 years.

Workshops have included:

  • Barbara Rector’s Adventures in Awareness (AIA) training workshops co-facilitated by Ann Alden
  • Horse Skills for Educators and Mental Health Professionals taught by Jennifer Parker and Ann Alden

Workshops hosted by Borderlands include:

  • Trish Broersma workshops including her Riding Beyond program for cancer survivors.
  • Linda Kingsbury workshop on Reiki for horses.

New workshops coming soon:

  • Private and group sessions for cancer survivors at Borderlands Center and Milagro Stables
  • Hoof Care by David Landreville (

The Center is available to approved practitioners who would like to present workshops here. Contact Ann Alden for more information about the possibility of presenting a workshop or clinic here.


Ann Alden is also available by appointment only to mentor individuals interested in EAAT and how to more effectively incorporate horses into their practices by working with them as sentient beings, allowing horses to guide the interactions

Ann is a faculty member for the PATH International Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Learning workshop and is available to travel to teach this workshop as the equine specialist member of the teaching team. 
For more information email Ann Alden. Or contact PATH International.

Jennifer Parker (Agape Dressage) is available for dressage training in Tucson at Willow Woods Stables and Milagro Riding Club boarding stables. Jennifer is also available as a dressage clinician and as a Schooling Show judge. Email:


The facility has a 65 ft x 220 ft large arena, a 60 ft diameter round pen, a smaller arena/turn-out for the horse stable, additional pipe corrals, a 20 x 30 hay barn, and a teaching room in the main house. The horse stable has 4 12 ft x 12 ft box stalls with outside runs, a tack room and a wash rack plus a 12 ft x 36 ft covered porch

Borderlands Center for Equine Assisted Services is currently located on 15 Oak tree studded acres at 5,000 ft in elevation in Sonoita, AZ in the Patagonia Mountains about 1 hour South Southeast of Tucson, Arizona. There are 4 mild seasons with daytime temperatures usually running 8-10 degrees lower than Tucson and evening temperatures 12 – 15 degrees lower than Tucson. We are adjacent to the Coronado National Forest on one side and the old Spanish Land Grant now called the Babacomari Ranch. We have our own private gate into the forest for trail riding and hiking. Wildlife is abundant in the forest, including deer, javalina, coyotes, bobcats, bear and mountain lions as well as a wide variety of birds, amphibians and reptiles. The area is famous for its biological diversity in plants and animals as it is the convergence of the Mexican Rockies and the American Rockies.

We have end of the road privacy yet we’re only 3 miles from the friendly small town of Sonoita known for its artisans, wine and ranches. There are several restaurants in Sonoita and nearby Patagonia, AZ as well as places to stay. The closest major airport is Tucson International airport 50 miles and 1 hour away by car. Phoenix is about a 3-hour drive to the North by I-10. For more information on Sonoita and the surrounding area click here.