The Ranch First Responder Program is recognized as a quality program meeting the needs of first responders and their dependents that live in our local communities. We are the only facility offering animal and equine assisted counseling services, as well as, therapeutic horseback riding and horsemanship in the southern region of the D/FW metroplex. We are honored to be selected by the First Responder Resiliency Program as a service provider.

The First Responder Resiliency Program is a 9 city pilot program, funded through a grant by the State of Texas, to provide education, counseling, and peer support to first responders.  Counseling services will be free of charge through this program.  For more details please visit the First Responder Resiliency website.

​First Responder services are confidential and include Equine Assisted Counseling, Therapeutic Horsemanship Groups, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Services are also available for the First Responder's spouse and dependents, including Play Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapies for the youngest members of the family. Able to treat the entire family makes services here even more effective. Separate counselors may see each family member individually, bringing them together as their sessions progress to facilitate new family dynamics. Not only is the First Responder trying to find a new "norm", but the family is as well.

Services are free to First Responders through a State funded grant to the First Responder Resiliency Program. You must first contact the First Responder Resiliency administrators to be registered to receive services.

Paws for Reflection Ranch can provide services to First Responder Dependents through a University of North Texas (UNT) Counseling Internship Grant at significantly reduced rates for clients with flexible schedules.

Equine Assisted Counseling incorporates horses into a clinically based session. Guided through horse related activities by a therapist and an equine professional, the client increases awareness of their thoughts, words, and actions. With immediate feedback from the horse and guidance from the therapists, the client to recognize dysfunctional behavior patterns, define healthy relationships, improve communication, build problem-solving skills, and develop coping strategies. All natural horsemanship activities are performed on the ground and no horse experience is necessary. Safely guided by the team, the client will observe herd dynamics both inside and outside of their pasture. The client will then work with the horse he/she feels a connection to, beginning a relationship together. From grooming to round pen exercises, the bond will take shape, with the counselor and equine professional translating the horse world to the client's world at home and work.

EAC is helpful with the following conditions:

* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
* Moral Injury
* Anxiety
* Depression
* Family Dysfunction
* Addictive Behaviors
* Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
* Sexual Trauma
* Recurring Memories
* Sleeplessness
* Loss of Interest
* Nightmares
* Hypervigilance

​Therapeutic Horsemanship groups include up to 6 participants for equine growth and learning. Each group member will choose a horse from our very diverse herd. Over several weeks, participants will develop a relationship with their horse and with the other group members. Veterans and First Responders particularly enjoy the peer support offered in a group setting. Through a wide variety of ground activities, the participants will learn how to communicate effectively with their horse, horsemanship techniques, and a little about themselves.

​More information regarding our Counseling Programs, Therapeutic Riding, and Horsemanship can be found on the specific services pages of our website.

First Responder

Resiliency Program

Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC):

Therapeutic Horsemanship Groups

First Responder Program