Fall GROUP Programs

Fall Horse Connections group

Dates: Wednesday — September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6 and 13

Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Ages: 9-12, limited to 6 participants

Register: Please complete our online horse connections prevention programming inquiry form.

*sliding scale & scholarships available – please email for more information

Students meet as a group to develop deep connections and relations with themselves, the horses, and the other group members. As students develop relationships with their horses, 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.

Fall Horse Power group

Dates: Tuesdays –September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19

Time: 3:30-5:30

Gender: Girls

Ages: 12-14 years old, group limited to 6 participants

Facilitators: Skye Whitehurst, MA Psychology, clinical mental health practitioner. Jennifer McDermott, PATH certified equine instructor. Conner LaFromboise, MRT clinical intern. DJ Jesser, LICSW.

Description: This group will focus on finding our power within through the help of our well loved herd of horses.

Register: Please complete our online horse connections prevention programming inquiry form.

*financial support options available, please email for more information.


Family day

Dates: September 18, 2021 and October 9, 2021

Time: 10am-12pm

Cost: No cost thanks to our partners at Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation!

Participant(s): Families of any shape or size.

Register: Please email if you would like to participate. You will be provided directions.

Description: A time for families to come visit MoonRIse Farm, take a breath, relax, meet our horses and get a taste for what our programs are all about.

Veteran’s group

Dates: Monthly group sessions

Time: Up to 3 hours in the morning

Cost: No cost. This program is sponsored through Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

Participants: Any Veterans are welcome!

Register: Please email Misha Pemble-Belkin

Description: The goals are driven by what the group is needing that morning. Generally it is about connection and calm with our herd of horses.



Dates: Up to the client and instructor. Can be weekly, bi-weekly, or other.

Times: 1-hour sessions

Cost: $70 per session

*sliding scale & scholarships available – please email for more information or include inquiry in form submission

If interested, please complete our online horse connections prevention programming inquiry form.


Individual & Family Counseling: Typically more clinical in nature and usually 1-2 hour sessions.

If interested, please complete our online clinical counseling inquiry form.


Integrating Equines into psychotherapy: An EXPERIENTIAL training group

Dates and Times: Fridays, 2:30-4:30pm – specific times are TBD

Facilitators: Phil Prothero, LCMHC & Sienna Whitney, ES-MHL

Cost: $70 per 2-hour session

Attend as many or as few sessions as you want, discount available if register for all six. $50 per session if signed up for all six.

Details: This is an open group, meaning you may attend as many or as few as you wish. To help the facilitators plan, please email Phil at 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.

Description: 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.

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

Register or Questions: Email Phil Prothero at