“Renewing Hearts and Minds to Thrive in the Arena of Life.”
Research shows that Equine-Assisted Therapy is effective for treating survivors experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or trauma-related symptoms, as well as ADHD, autism, dissociative disorders, and other mental health diagnoses. In one representative study, survivors showed increased confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, emotional regulation, and resourcefulness as a result of this form of therapy. In some cases, just a few sessions of equine therapy can produce improvement.
Furthermore, equine therapy reduces anxiety and depression through physiological changes. Studies show that animal-assisted therapy reduces cortisol, the stress hormone. In addition, spending time with animals lowers blood pressure. And it increases the release of oxytocin, a natural chemical that promotes feelings of positivity and connection.
Psalm 23:1-4 NLT
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.
(Translation: Ranch of Miracles)
Rancho Milagro is expanding God’s Kingdom on earth by activating His healing and empowering all people we encounter through the gift of equine therapy and coaching. We are committed to impacting our community, state, nation, and the world by “renewing hearts and minds to thrive in the arena of life.”
Rancho Milagro offers an organic equine program.
We provide many opportunities for individuals to achieve freedom from the daily triggers brought on by life stressors. Horses deliver a distinct sensitivity that participants relate to in order to bring trust and healing. Participants leave feeling revived and refreshed because of this unique approach to therapy. We believe in focusing on the WHOLE body.
Specifically, we offer Equine Therapy and Coaching in various forms: lessons in horsemanship, nonverbal communication, caring for these sensitive and loving creatures, along with many other equine-based activities that bring a sense of wholeness to the senses and soul. We also offer a place of rest, gardening, and nutrition counseling.
We believe these activities help guide participants not only to a better understanding of their personal challenges, but to a better understanding of themselves. We welcome participants to sit in the barn, journal, or get their hands dirty. We provide a place of refuge, rest, and rejuvenation. The goal is to bring peace of mind and healing for the soul.
Inspired by the dreams and vision of
Founder and Executive Director, Vanessa Kohnen
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“Where Miracles Happen!”
Every person has a story …
But not every story has found it’s happily ever after. At Rancho Milagro, we understand feelings of pain, sorrow, anger, remorse, stress, and devastation. Unfortunately, today’s world is a harsh reality. We strive to soften this reality by supporting each unique individual with open arms and a loving embrace. Everyone deserves a refuge from the feelings that are too overwhelming to bear alone.
I just wanted to thank your guys for what you did for my children yesterday. We already see the fruit of Milagro youth. Their hearts are lighter and there is more laughter and joy in our home. I feel less overwhelmed trying to raise a small army because I know I’m not doing it alone. The weight is definitely lighter after a weekend with you.
This was the beginning of an awesome day at Rancho Milagro. So much happened! What was really amazing is how the horses and the dogs all worked together to accomplish the eternal effect. The Lord was using the animals to reveal His heart and His design for wholeness and renewal! What a wonderful concept.
Growing up I was born into a very abusive family. At age of 6, I was being sexually abused by my father and by the age of 11 I was sex trafficked out of our home. When I first got to Rancho Milagro I was very scared had no confidence. Rancho Milagro has become my safe place where I can come be who I am and I know there will be open arms.