Hands on Horses
Equine Assisted Learning
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Hands on Horses is offered to groups of 4-8 teens, age 12-17, or middle school and high school students once per week, 2 hours per week.  Sessions are 8-10 weeks in length. 

We also serve individuals children and teens in private one- hour sessions. Many of our students are in foster care or from organizations assisting youth at risk.

EAP is offered to adults through Dr. Ruth Chaffee, Clinical Psychologist, and Julie Sole, Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Before participating in this program, applicants must be vetted by

Dr Chaffee or  Julie Sole. 


Dr Chaffee can be contacted at 253-757-8862. Dr Chaffee accepts many forms of insurance, including Medicare.

Julie Sole can be reached at

Julie accepts only private pay clients. 

Riding Lessons

Sandra Boe offers a limited number of able-bodied riding lessons on Saturdays. Riders must be able to support their own weight and be able to balance on a horse without assistance.  Some EAL and Hands on Horses graduates have transitioned to riding lessons, but the focus of her lessons is on how to best connect and communicate with a horse as a rider.


Applicants who have not participated in EAL or Hands on Horses will start with learning how to connect with a horse on the ground.

Please contact her directly at 253-820-3289 if you are interested in this service.


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
We bring horses and people together
in healing relationships      253-318-3588.     PO Box 4928 Spanaway WA 98387