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Why Horses?

Those who are familiar with horses recognize and understand the power of horses to influence people in incredibly powerful ways. Developing relationships, training, horsemanship instruction, and caring for horses naturally affects the people involved in a positive manner.

Horses naturally provide benefits to humans in their midst, such as: work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication, and healthy relationships. The use of horses is growing and gaining popularity with the rise of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

We are often asked, “Why horses?  Why not other animals?”

Naturally intimidating to many, horses are large and powerful. This creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.


Equine Assisted Activities and Traditional Counseling


Low confidence levels cause a greater inability to self-advocate or feel empowered. Interactions with the horses improves the confidence levels, allowing a greater ability of empowerment. Many marginalized individuals as well as students mainstreamed, tend to feel isolated, which causes a deficit in social skills, anxiety and depression. By working to interact with the horses in groundwork relationships can be improved, including but not limited to communication, leadership, the ability to disagree within socially acceptable norms, cooperation and verbally or nonverbally sharing solutions to problems.

Interactions with the horses improves confidence, relationships, and behaviors. 


Individual and Group sessions available.

Children to Adults. 

We also collaborate services with other organizations and agencies to serve their clients. 



Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Participants work on activities with horses that allow them to explore their own problem-solving strategies, their decision making styles, and the way in which they approach new situations.


Counseling Services Available for DHH & their family members– Individual, Couple, Family and Group.


Benefits of Counselors with competency in deaf and hard of hearing

  • Role models;

  • Competent and knowledgeable of Deaf Culture;

  • Able to adapt communication modes based on client preferences;

  • Direct sessions without use of third person;

  • Easily able to develop a trusting relationship.


Contact Hooves and Hands

Thank you for contacting Hooves and Hands.

Contact us for a brief introduction session with appointment or for more information at (803) 792-0751.

 Serving the areas located in York County but not limited to  Lake Wylie, Chester, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Charlotte, Pineville, and Gastonia.

If you do not hear from us within 24 hours, kindly give us a call at (803) 792-0751 or email us at as your message did not get to us.

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 Your donations will help Hooves and Hands provide our much needed services to those in the community. The majority of the donations go to the care and upkeeping of our therapy horses as well as operational costs.

Donations are tax deductible.

To Donate, click the contact button.

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