Equine Assisted Mental Health

Dates: October 7th & 14th
Time:  2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Ages:  For Boys and Girls in Grades 6th-8th, limited to 6 students
Cost: $125    Sliding scale or full scholarships available
Snack will be provided
Register: email

Program funding provided by

MoonRise Therapeutics staff, high school peer trainers, and MoonRise horses will collectively address COVID-19-related mental health anxiety, stress, and other emotional reactions stemming from these uncertain times. The goal is to learn ways to respond instead of react as well as to thrive versus survive. In addition, the peer trainers hope participants gain practical grounding techniques to use on their own, a sense of calm and happiness, the knowledge that it is okay to ask for help, and an understanding of where to find the support to destress. There will be plenty of fun to be had as participants self-reflect and learn to navigate their own emotions while building and practicing social awareness skills.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Experiential Training Group

facilitated by Phil Prothero, LCMHC & Sienna Whitney, ES-MHL
Fridays, 2:30 -4:30pm
7/17, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28, 9/11, 9/18
Attend as many as works for your schedule, discount for all six available

This experiential training group provides opportunities to learn about equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and to increase comfort level of leading and/or supporting EAP. We will consider options for working with typical client concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral problems, etc. This is an experiential based training group, combining teaching with experiencing EAP activities and exercises within a safe and small group setting. Participants will be invited to play various roles within the EAP dynamic. This group is geared toward mental health professionals and equine specialists.

Participants do not need extensive horse experience to attend.

Six consecutive Fridays, 2:30-4:30pm
July 17, July 31, August 14, August 28, Sept 11, and Sept 18
Attend as many and few as you want. Discount available if sign-up for all six.

This is an open group, meaning you may attend as many or as few as you wish. To help the facilitators plan, please notify Phil in advance of the dates you plan to attend. A group meeting may be canceled if there are fewer than 4 participants signed up to attend.
Maximum group size is 7 participants, minimum group size is 4 participants.

Location: MoonRise Farm, Taftsville, Vermont
$60 for each 2-hour group
Special deal if you attend all six group meetings – pay only $50 for each group

Group will be held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed toed footwear. Please bring your own water bottle, delicious refill water will be provided

COVID-19Masks are REQUIRED: you may bring your own mask and we will have masks available as well. We will review current COVID-19 safety procedures when we meet. After that review, you will need to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver to participate.

Register or Questions: Email or call Phil Prothero, LCMHC – 802-356-1731,


Horse Connections After School Program and Summer Program.
Scheduled for each Friday is on hold until further information is provided in relation to the Covid-19. As soon as we know more information we will update this listing about summer dates, times and registration.

Horse Connections Group. Students meet as a group in order to develop deep connections and relations with themselves, the horses, and the other group members. As students develop their horsemanship skills they are also building their own social skills around emotional awareness, impulse control, resiliency, confidence, trust, empathy and problem-solving skills. Within a safe space and with trained clinical expertise issues of trauma, anxiety and depression often emerge and are addressed. Together students increase their capacity to connect and lead with each other and the horses, that in turn can be modeled at home and school. Parent support is also provided outside of the group.

Annual Fall Fundraiser 2020 for MoonRise Therapeutics TBD