One of Asheville Academy’s greatest strengths is our uniquely effective and innovative equine-assisted and animal therapy program.
With our expansive campus we are able to have a wide variety of animals right on campus– horses, pigs, guinea pigs, bunnies, goats, ducks and dogs- just to name a few of our ever-changing group of therapeutic animals.
Equine and animal therapy helps our students develop responsibility and self-reflection, as well as provide motivation for them to connect. It also helps students be more aware, nurturing, and caring for others. Horses are very sensitive to communication, both verbal and non-verbal, meaning they act as a powerful mirror that helps to demonstrate the importance of controlling our emotions, setting boundaries, and building healthy relationships.
Through nurturing and caring for the animals, our students develop a sense of pride and responsibility, but more importantly, a deep sense of connection and unconditional love that translates to other relationships.
Our campus is filled with a wide variety of animals. Strolling across our private rural campus nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains, one might see horses grazing in the meadows, goats that insist on being petted, and Ruby Sue, our beloved pot-bellied pig who loves to be cuddled. You may even run into a few chickens, bunnies, or one of our friendly dogs like Gatsby.
Many students find the opportunity to interact with horses and other therapy animals to be the most fun and rewarding component of their time at Asheville Academy. Each of these animals adds something unique and special to the animal therapy program, and are loved by our students.
Acres of Expansive Campus
Equine therapy can provide powerful emotional feedback to our students. More than just a friendly face, horses are also very responsive to the posture and emotional state of humans, which can cause students to open up about their troubles by viewing them through the lens of the horse’s response.
If one of our students is having a particularly difficult day, their therapist might suggest they walk to the on-campus farm. Within a few minutes, they’ll find themselves interacting with the horses or one of our other many animals, who will brighten their day and help them to reflect on their emotions.