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.

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EAP Works!

EAP Works!


Eagle Vista Ranch & Wellness Center in Bemidji, Minnesota


How do we measure progress?

We are data-driven

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  • In the animal-assisted therapy world of EAP, we are unique:
    • We take an empirical approach to equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning.
    • Data are used to guide treatment decisions
    • Data are gathered to monitor horse health and behavior, which informs clinical practice
    • We gather data and conduct research
    • We contribute to the evidence base on animal-assisted therapy and learning

We regularly participate in education

  • We bring horses to community events:
    • Red Lake High School health fair
    • Red Lake summer day camp for kids
    • Great River Rescue summer day camp for kids
    • Upper Mississippi Mental Health community fair
    • Waterfront Mental Health Fair

We receive grants and collaborate

  • New York Life Foundation, in collaboration with Evergreen Youth and Family Services, funded equine therapy for local youth, addressing grief issues
  • United Way, in collaboration with Hope House, funded EAL for individuals in the community with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation, in collaboration with Northwest Minnesota Battered Women's Shelter, allowed for Eagle Vista Ranch to provide EAP for Shelter clients and EAL in team-building and support for shelter staff
Two horses on a hill

Crackerjack & Peaches


  • Equine therapy works! How do we know?
  • What happens during a session?
  • Is Equine Therapy right for me?
  • How do we measure progress?
  • How do I get started and FAQs
  • Insurance and Intake forms
  • Programs

We frequently publish and present

  • Our most relevant:
    • Fournier, A. L., Letson, E. A., Pasiuk E. L. & Berry, T. D. (March 2017) Temporary Relief or Transformation? Examination of Human-Horse Interaction in EAGALA-Model EAP
    • Fournier, A. L., Letson, E. A., & Berry, T. D. (2017). Human-animal interaction and metaphor in equine-assisted psychotherapy: Empirical support for the EAGALA model. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin.
    • Fournier, A. K., Letson, E. A., & Berry, T. D. (2017). HAIS: Human-Animal Interaction Scale and manual. Bemidji, MN: Angela Fournier.
    • Fournier, A. K., Berry, T. D., Letson, E. A., & Chanen, R. (2016). The human-animal interaction scale: Development and evaluation. Anthrozoos, 29 (3), 455-467.
    • Fournier, A. K. (2016). PenPals: An examination of human-animal interaction as an outlet for healthy masculinity in prison. In C. Blazina & L. Kogan (Eds), Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend. AG Switzerland: Springer.
    • Fournier, A. K., Geller, E. S., & Fortney, E. V. (2007). The effects of human-animal interaction on prison inmates: Improvements in criminal behavior, treatment progress, and social skills. Behavior and Social Issues, 16, 89-105.
    • Fournier, A., K., Berry, T. D., & Letson, E. A. (2017). Direct and Indirect Therapeutic Effects of Human-Animal Interaction: A Test of the Anodyne Hypothesis. A poster to be presented to the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.
    • Winston, L., Pasiuk, E. L., Letson, E. A., & Fournier, A. K. (2017). Four-Legged Files: A System for Monitoring Health, Behavior, and Herd Dynamics in EAGALA-Model EAP. Poster to be presented to the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) annual conference, Denver, CO.
    • Fournier, A.K., Letson, E. A., Pasiuk, E. L., & Winston, L. (2017). Temporary Relief or Transformation? Examination of Human-Horse Interaction in EAGALA-Model EAP. Workshop to be presented to the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) annual conference, Denver, CO.
    • Fournier, A. K., Letson, E. A., Laitala, J. D., & Pasiuk, E. L. (2016). Measuring human-horse interaction: Tools for EAGALA model research and practice. Paper presented to the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) annual conference, Lexington, KY.
    • Fournier, A. K., Letson, E. A., & Laitala, J. D. (2015). The human-animal interaction scale: Development and psychometric properties. Poster to be presented to the International Society on Anthrozoology (ISAZ) annual meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY.
    • Fournier, A. K., Letson, E. A., & Anschel, R. (2015). Enlarging the metaphorical landscape: The role of metaphor in our client's journey. Workshop presented to the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) annual conference, Layton UT.
    • Fournier, A. K., & Geller, E. S. (2004). Behavior analysis of companion-animal overpopulation: A conceptualization of the problem and a model for intervention. Behavior and Social Issues, 13 (1), 51-68.
    • Fournier, A. K., & Budowle, R. E. (2003). The last chance project: Pairing troubled teens and shelter dogs in the community. Newsletter of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, 9, 1, 12.
    • Fournier, A. K., Van Voorhees, E., & Budowle, R. E. (2004). When the going gets "ruff" Pitfalls of applied research on the human-animal bond. A paper presented to the Association for Behavior Analysis, Boston, MA.
    • Suthers-McCabe, H. M., Van Voorhees, E., & Fournier, A. K. (2004). Evaluating the impact of a prison-based service dog training program. A paper presented to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Philadelphia, PA.
    • Suthers-McCabe, H. M., Van Voorhees, E., & Fournier, A. K. (2004). The human-animal bond in an American prison: Inmate trainer outcomes. A paper presented to the International Society for Anthrozoology, Glasgow, Scotland.
    • Van Voorhees, E., Fournier, A. K., & Suthers-McCabe, H. M. (2004). Saint Francis of Assisi Prison PUP Project: The human-animal bond in a Virginia state prison. A paper presented to the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
    • Fournier, A. K., & Budowle, R. E. (2004). The last chance project: Measuring the impact of an animal-based intervention on client behavior. A poster presented to the Association for Behavior Analysis, Boston, MA.
    • Fournier, A. K., Cincotta, A. L., & Sewell, H. (2003). Conceptualizing a people problem: A behavior-based model of companion-animal overpopulation. A paper presented to the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.
    • Sewell, H. B., Cincotta, A. L., & Fournier, A. K. (2002). An exploratory investigation of companion animal relinquishment to animal shelters: Behavioral determinants of adoption and relinquishment. Paper to be presented to the Virginia Psychological Association, Virginia Beach, VA.