Welcome to Brushy Creek

Transforming Lives Through Equine Therapy


Brushy Creek Reserve provides an environment where you can focus on you and how you want to present yourself to the world. You seek to be authentic and the horse will show you that. Our reserve is located in an exclusive ranch like setting surrounded by pastures and woods. This ideal setting helps you realize the amazing connection to be experienced through our equine assisted learning program.

The Brushy Creek Program focuses on military veterans and troubled youth through cooperation with the Hamilton County Justice Center. Many of the emotional challenges experienced by our veterans returning from combat deployments are similar to those that juveniles face. Under supervision by the courts, Brushy Creek Reserve offers a unique opportunity for those qualified and up for the challenge. Businesses and Organizations also utilize our programs to help individuals and teams gain a better understanding or themselves and others.

We provide training on Natural Horsemanship

Training covers all aspects of caring for the horses from cleaning stalls, to actual training to socialize the horse. For some, we will progress to riding the horse you have helped to train. Those who participate in our program will recognize their own behavior in the horse as we believe the horses eyes are a window to your soul. So, teaching becomes a significant aid to managing your own challenges. Self- esteem and confidence grows and anger, frustration, feelings of isolation melt away. We all have similar challenges but with effective strategies when these challenges are faced we’re better able to cope with them.

We’ve assembled a team whose combined experience spans more than 100 years of horse training and riding and working with combat veterans. Each instructor will work exclusively with a student to guide and mentor through the learning process. This is not a lecture series. The student will learn the cues of a horse, non- verbal commands, patience and teaching style uniquely suited to the nature of the horse. During the training there will be lots of hands on doing as you learn, and it will likely provide an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. There is so much to learn from your experience at Brushy Creek Reserve that you could spend a lifetime studying the horse and relating its behavior to our own.

We all look forward to working with you or your group to Transform Lives through Equine Therapy. You’ll understand the meaning of that phrase better after spending time with us.

Steve Claybourn

Executive Director

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What Is Equine Therapy?

Equine Therapy (also referred to as Horse Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy) is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses.

Equine Therapy involves activities (such as grooming, feeding, haltering and leading a horse) that are supervised by a mental health professional, often with the support of a horse professional.

Both during the activity and after the patient has finished working with the horse, the equine therapist can observe and interact with the patient in order to identify behavior patterns and process thoughts and emotions.

The goal of equine therapy is to help the patient develop needed skills and attributes, such as accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and self-control. Equine therapy also provides an innovative milieu in which the therapist and the patient can identify and address a range of emotional and behavioral challenges.

What are the Benefits of Equine Therapy?

Studies have indicated that equine therapy has been successful in helping patients show marked improvements in the following areas:

✔Emotional awareness
✔Stress tolerance
✔Impulse control
✔Problem-solving skills
✔Social responsibility
✔Interpersonal relationships

Many of the benefits of equine therapy are likely due to the nature of the animals with which the patient and equine therapist are interacting. Horses are
typically non-judgmental, have no preconceived expectations or motives, and are highly effective at mirroring attitudes and behaviors of the humans with
whom they are working.

While working with horses under the guidance and supervision of an equine therapist, equine therapy patients have a unique and effective opportunity to note
their tendency to engage in self-defeating and otherwise negative thoughts and actions. These realizations provide excellent bases for discussion and
processing both during and after the equine therapy experience.

What Conditions/Disorders Does Equine Therapy Treat?

Equine therapy has been successfully integrated into treatment programs for adults and teens who are being treated for

✔substance abuse 
✔behavior disorders
✔mood disorders
✔eating disorders
✔learning differences 
✔ADD/ADHD, autism
✔Asperger’s, grief/loss
✔trauma, PTSD
✔sex addiction
✔compulsive gambling
✔Bipolar, depression and related conditions.