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Breaking Free with Horses Equine Assisted-Psychotherapy,  located in Riverside county, is now offering Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for the treatment of substance abuse and its related issues. We have several services provided. We understand that overcoming addiction is a huge challenge and Breaking Free with Horses has a huge solution! Our Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy program is comprised of a team-led by a licensed professional Counselor and an equine specialist, both trained and credentialed in the tested, ethical EAGALA Model. The process is deeply felt and highly experiential. The challenges of working with the horses become clear metaphors for the real world challenges every client faces. Working through solutions with a strong, highly-intuitive 1,200 pound animal grabs and holds the client’s attention, demands their full focus and attention to problem-solving and results in honest, immediate feedback that can be emotionally powerful.

As an EAGALA certified facility, Breaking Free with Horses is required to maintain a high standard of practice, and code of ethics. Ongoing and continuing education, replicable framework, and the standard of utilizing a team approach are combined to make the EAGALA model a successful treatment program! Under the EAGALA Model, both a License Professional Counselor and a certified Equine Specialist work collaboratively to ensure clients get the therapeutic attention and support they need as they make life changes.

Oh…..let’s not forget one of our most important team members, “The Horse”!


The most effective work happens on the ground.

The EAGALA Model involves no riding or horsemanship, making it both safe and effective. Clients work directly with horses face-to-face on the same footing. This ground level work enables clients to better perceive the horses’ actions and reactions as they work to process and solve their life challenges. Under the trained eye of the EAGALA Treatment Team, horses offer clients honest feedback and usable information that helps them understand how their process and actions affect others and impacts their lives.


The EAGALA Model is client-centered and solution-oriented.

Equine Assisted-Psychotherapy is built on the ground that it’s the clients who best determine the kind of life changes they need to make in order to improve their lives. The job of the EAGALA Treatment Team is to put the EAGALA Model to work to meet the clients’ goals by engaging the unique, intuitive power of horses to help them understand their process and practice the changes they want to make in a safe, supportive setting.

Most of our clients in recovery live in two very distinct worlds:

A supportive world of meetings, therapy and recovery talk and the hard, unforgiving world of everything else. You’ve seen it too many times. Our clients can say the words with total conviction but when they hit a roadblock in that hard, unforgiving world, recovery can go off the rails. What’s missing is a place and a process to translate recovery talk into recovery action. What’s needed is hands-on practice putting recovery principles to work, without fear of judgment or the real-world consequences that can lead to relapse. The mental health professionals, equine specialists and horses making up The EAGALA Network offer the healing place and proven process that can help you help your clients succeed at walking the walk.

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Acknowledgments:  In the development of this information, we extend our deepest appreciation to EAGALA, and all those who have come before us!


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