Falcon Ridge Ranch
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This program is one that FamilyLight sm holds in high regard and expects to review in more detail soon. We hope to have that on the web by summer '09, perhaps sooner if we get a response to our questionnaire soon; perhaps later if we do not.
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Briefly, this is a quality residential treatment center for adolescent girls. Working with horses, including but going far beyond Equine Assisted Therapy, is the signature item at Falcon Ridge. We at FamilyLight sm have seen many demonstrations of the work of Equine Assisted Therapy that were more dramatic and more polished. We have not seen one that involved more depth (or as much depth) in using the principles of equine therapy to get the job done with the girls. (Article continues below disclosure).
Disclosure: FamilyLight sm was in a brief consulting relationship with Falcon Ridge Ranch in the late fall of 2008. We hope for a further review from a referral source that does not have any potential conflict of interest.
When our consultant, Tom Croke, visited Falcon Ridge, he was impressed with the creativity of the therapy staff and the enthusiasm of the girls. The education program also looked very appropriate.
At FamilyLight sm we hold a number of girls' residential treatment centers in high regard. We see the value of Equine assisted therapy in most of them. What stands out at Falcon Ridge -- in addition to the creativity and enthusiasm in the therapy department especially with one therapist -- is the total utilization of the horse program into the process of the program. A girl with behavioral and emotional needs that this program claims as its own areas of expertise who loves horses or has potential to love horses should go here. A girl who hates horses or is allergic to them probably should not. The metaphor of horses is much more pervasive here than at some other programs that do have credible equine assisted therapy programs. At Falcon Ridge they rescue horses, they ride for recreation, they use standard equine assisted therapy (better than at some other places); they LIVE horsemanship.
We are comfortable referring to Falcon Ridge Ranch and calling attention to its special niche.
While you wait for us to present a more complete review, please look around this website. Look at our Guidelines -- a fairly comprehensive statement of what we believe quality is all about. If you come to a search and planning process with limited experience, this is an opportunity for you to find some principles to measure schools and programs against.
Keep coming back to see the updates. Look at "What's New" (Announcements). In spring of 2009 we expect to have returns from schools, programs, and related organizations published, giving deeper insight into these than has ever been available on the web before.
Feedback is invited. We will publish any feedback in good taste. Email FamilyLightResponse@yahoo.com
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Last updated 4-10-09; minor edit 3-15-10
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