Free Equine Therapy

Free Equine Therapy

Free Equine Therapy - A free once a week Equine Therapy for community members.

Practice techniques such as Equine Massage, breathing and mediation, mindful movement chi-gong and yoga based techniques.

Pony Rides. All ages welcome, elderly, veterans and disabled.

Sign up 575-776-2856
Horses with riders arms out

Horse Dance Equine Therapy (HDET) is an outdoor equine recreation program with facilities located in Taos, NM.

HDET has been serving the public since 2013 with a free once a week offering of equine therapy on how to deal and heal trauma and anxiety with natural horsemanship therapy and horseback riding.

HDET outdoor recreation activity is available to the public and is readily accessible for veterans, behavioral health, victims of domestic abuse, youth at risk, suicide prevention, children with special needs, and a place for family to create happy memories.

HDET Outdoor Recreation Public Program Components

1. Horse Safety
  • HDET Trainers cover all the perimeters of equine safety and maintaining confidence on the ground with horses including approaching, handling, leading, tying, bridling, saddling and grooming.
2. Breathing and Horse Massage 
  • HDET breathing techniques provide calming effects for both horse and rider.
3. Dance & Drum Grounding
  • Pre-Ride Traditional Indigenous Pueblo “round dance” before working with the horses, allows for grounding and settlement of energies before mounting a horse. Our horse dance songs are native to New Mexico.
4. Round Pen Lessons
  • HDET Facilitators teach how to stop, walk, and turn a horse with natural horsemanship while inside a round pen.
5. Horseback Meditation 
  • HDET staff lead riders on horses while providing visualizatioin and breathing techniques for grounding and how to deal with anxiety.
6. Arena Riding 
  • Once riders have learned basic natural horsemanship technique, riders are allowed to ride around in the arena practicing their natural horsemanship techniques with horse walkers supervising their safety.
7. Trail Riding
  • HDET facilitators and horse walkers supervise trail rides once riders feel confident and comfortable after experiencing round pen and  arena techniques.
All the photos on the website are from our programs from the last seven years