Image of Hope Ranch

Equine One on One Session

Our Equine One on One Program is for children, teens or adults who may be struggling emotionally because of trauma or have a physical or mental disability. Currently, Image of Hope Ranch DeKalb serves the Northeast Indiana area. We have 12 horses and ponies available that are paired with a Session Leader/Mentor and one child, teen or adult for a 60-minute session.  Some of these horses have been rescued themselves and have a story of their own that proves what unconditional love and care can do.

The goal of our session is to encourage the child or adult toward living a healthier life.  This process can be very different for each person as no one has the same personality or experiences.  The sessions are designed to be adaptable to meet the distinctive needs of each person. Instead of being lost in a group, every participant is nurtured by a Session Leader who shares in his or her individual challenges and victories. Through hands-on experience, they are taught the values of hope, trust, faith and unconditional love. It is our goal to help them develop leadership skills, become more self-confident, and become healthier individuals physically, emotionally, and mentally. 

Each week a participant is paired with a trained Session Leader and a horse. During this time, they may learn to groom, lead and ride a horse. The Session Leader/Mentor develops a lesson plan each week but is open to meeting the participant where they are at that particular day. That may mean spending some time with the horse but also fishing, kayaking, archery, visiting the small animal barn or nature center. This offers them a relaxed and healing atmosphere where they are better able to move forward in their life.

By the grace of God, Image of Hope Ranch is able to offer each individual session at NO CHARGE. Image of Hope Ranch has been blessed with caring people who see our vision, believe in the healing of animals and nature, and therefore donate funds to help cover costs needed to provide these sessions.

The Equine One on One Program runs April through October

Complete and return by mail or email to:

Image of Hope Ranch. 

5499 County Road 31, Auburn IN  46706

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Equine Director Anna Hurley at 260-437-7249 or