How Equine Therapy Helped Lacy Heal

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Mar 12, 2021 8:16:12 AM

Can you imagine being nine years old and watching your parents drive away forever?

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Topics: Equine Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Counseling, childhood trauma

What Are ACEs, and How Are They Affecting Your Kids?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 2, 2020 5:32:08 PM

In 1953, Reverend James Crowe had a vision for a place where “wayward” young people could find a “reorientation of self.” His vision was a working ranch where young men (we expanded to include girls in the ’70s) would get the guidance and support they needed to find a path to a promising future. That’s when Idaho Youth Ranch was born.

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Topics: Behavior, Equine Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Toxic Stress, dbt, ACEs

How Equine Therapy Helps Vulnerable Youth

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 26, 2020 9:13:19 AM

People often ask how, exactly, horses can make such a big impact on people who have experienced trauma. Many people think it is about simply riding horses and are surprised to learn that Idaho Youth Ranch Equine Therapy is ground-based.

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Topics: Adolescents/Teens, Behavior, Equine Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Anxiety

Dog Days at Hays House

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM


There’s a new face at Hays House, and he’s not like anyone who’s been admitted or hired before. At three years old, he’s much younger than a typical Hays resident or staff member. Instead of preparing him to go back out into the world on his own, we intend to keep him for life. That’s because, having once been at-risk himself, he has now found his own promising future in a new career of helping others find their promising futures with the Idaho Youth Ranch.

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Topics: Animal-Assisted Therapy, Programs and Services