Eagle Vista Ranch & Wellness Center

Liz and her horse Peaches

At Eagle Vista Ranch & Wellness Center we strive to help individuals gain self-confidence, trust, responsibility, and explore their future through the use of horses in equine-assisted psychotherapy & learning (EAP/L. We work with individuals of all ages, families or groups to provide powerful opportunities for healthier communication, stronger partnerships and happier relationships.

"Thank you for doing equine-therapy with us!"

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Eagle Vista Ranch & Wellness Center in Bemidji, Minnesota


How do I get started?

What about fees or cost? Do you accept insurance?
∼We accept cash, credit cards and the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PrimeWest and MA. Call for Out of Network Benefits. If you do not have insurance, please contact the ranch. more...

What clients do you serve or work with?
∼We work with people of all ages. Many of our clients come to us for help with grief, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, social skills building to name a few. We work with individuals, families, and groups.

How do you use horses in psychotherapy?
∼In equine-assisted psychotherapy, a mental health professional, an equine specialist and the client(s) interact with the horses in either an indoor or outdoor area. We will use 1-5 horses in a session.

Why Horses?
∼Horses are social animals with different personalities and emotions. Therefore, horses can often react and respond to the feelings, energy, and emotions of humans. Clients will often see these reactions as a reflection of what is happening in their lives.

Do I need experience with horses?
∼No, the client does not need to have experience around horses. All sessions are on the ground. We do request all individuals dress for outdoor weather and wear closed-toe footwear.

If I don't want to be around the horses, can I still get services at Eagle Vista Ranch?
∼Absolutely! We also have traditional counseling where the session is conducted in the office.

How does an equine-assisted psychotherapy/learning session differ from an office session?
∼An office session is located in the office with the client and a licensed counselor working toward treatment goals. An equine-assisted psychotherapy session has the client, a licensed counselor, and an equine specialist work through the same goals with the horses.

Can I ride the horses?
∼Well, no. Our equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning sessions programs are ground-based.

Are you open all year? What happens when it is really cold, hot or stormy outside?
∼Yes, we are open all year round. For those days when the weather is stormy, overly hot, or very cold we use the indoor arena. Also, the office is heated. However, we do like to be outside as much as possible and we encourage people to dress appropriately for the weather.

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