Equine Therapy Facility

“Before equine therapy, I never trusted any therapist enough to open up about my trauma. The unconditional love of the horse was the first thing to open my heart back up and help me work through my past. It turned around my depression, and the horse gave me the best gift I could ask for… the desire to live.”


“Equine therapy helped me recover in a way I never thought possible. Developing such a special connection with a horse allowed me to learn to trust again and believe in myself. The unconditional love and support from such a beautiful animal helped me to recover from my trauma and learn to appreciate life in a different way.”

“Equine therapy helped me when my parents could not. I learned empathy, responsibility,
boundaries, and how to heal through equine therapy.”


Groups      Individuals      Family      Corporations      Treatment Centers

Equine Assisted Learning

Equine assisted learning involves short term educational activities that allow the horses to assist participants in learning new skills and solving problems that transfer to real life situations. This equine interactive learning provides an opportunity to identify patterns of behavior and try new skills in a safe environment and receive instant feedback.

What are the benefits of equine therapy?

  • Emotional Awareness

  • Empathy

  • Stress Tolerance

  • Flexibility

  • Impulse Control

  • Assertiveness

  • Problem Solving Skills

  • Self-Actualization

  • Independence

  • Self-Regard

  • Social Skills

  • Interpersonal Relationships

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

 Equine Assisted EMDR


Equine assisted psychotherapy uses horses as co-facilitators to explore mental health challenges and encourages insight and healing through an experiential approach. The EAP form of therapy can also help the client address a variety of social and emotional challenges.

EquiLateral is The Equine Assisted EMDR Protocol which addresses the many challenges that EMDR and Equine Assisted Therapy professionals experience when working with complex trauma. This protocol combines these two modalities to provide further processing for the client.

Horsemanship is all about building a partnership between you and the horse. Just like in relationships, clients will learn about horses and how to understand them. Then they will learn how to communicate with the horse in a way a horse will understand. Once that understanding and communication is met, then the client will learn how to work with the horse and build a true partnership.


What conditions/disorders does equine therapy treat?

  • Addiction

  • Behavior Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Learning Differences

  • Grief/Loss

  • Trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Equine Courses

TriStar Ranch offers multiple equine courses. We offer individualized course designed to client preferences, as well as our four general courses. Our general course are Equine Psychology, Equine Management, Equine Science, and Equine General Studies. These courses vary in length from 6 to 16 weeks. We accept all ages above 8 years old. Individual and group sessions are offered. 

"I have been around horses since I was a kid. I thought I knew a lot about horses, but equine therapy opened my eyes. I learned more about myself through equine therapy. Working with horses taught me how to be more in tune with my emotions. The horses fed off my energy and knew when I was emotional before I even knew it. Equine therapy changed my life! I can not recommend it enough."


Our Team

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Dana Jackson - LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I believe that in order to help create change I must be willing to enter into an individual’s experience alongside them, by holding space free of judgement and control.  I seek to provide an environment that will support self-exploration, self-awareness and self-acceptance. My focus in therapy is to help you recognize the strengths within yourself and develop new skills to effectively manage or overcome personal challenges.


I enjoy working with adolescents and young adults.  I consider the whole person-physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  I have extensive experience in working with trauma, attachment disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, loss and grief, family systems, self-esteem/self-worth and identity issues. 


I am trained in EMDR as well as Equine-Assisted EMDR and Equine Therapy.  The horse, as a co-therapist, provides a unique experience for you to understand your patterns and dynamics within relationships, recognize your emotions, overcome trauma, practice mindfulness and self-regulation skills.  Horses create a space of complete acceptance as you learn to become vulnerable and true to yourself.  


Other areas in which I am trained include, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Brainspotting, ACT (acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.  

Samantha Booy Draney - ES

 I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies with an emphasis in Equine Management from Asbury University near Lexington, Kentucky. I am certified in EAGALA (a world renown equine therapy organization) and EquiLateral: The Equine Assisted EMDR Protocol (EA-EMDR) as the Equine Specialist. 


From 2016 to 2020, I served as the Equine Manager at a residential treatment center. I fully enjoyed working alongside clients in their therapeutic process with horses. Not only did I oversee the daily care, health and upkeep of 71 to 103 horses as the Equine Manager, but I also co-lead the equine therapy sessions, instructed Parelli Natural Horsemanship and developed/taught an accredited equine course. In addition, I lead an equine safety courses for clients and staff. 

In August of 2018, I bought the property now known as TriStar Ranch LLC. Since purchasing the ranch, I have been developing the property to provide a scenic and therapeutic atmosphere to hold outpatient equine therapy. I have a sincere and deep-rooted passion to help people and my goal is to make a difference in as many lives as possible.

I believe that when horses are used in therapy, they have a natural truth and healing that can be applied to many of our emotional and relationship challenges.  My approach is to assist and help navigate individuals and groups to develop healthy and successful personal relationships by learning through horses. The clinical aspect of well- being is only enhanced by the therapeutic horse connection.

Our Facility

Tristar Ranch is located in a serene setting in Lewiston Utah. Our facility is comprised of multiple areas to conduct equine therapy and further processing. These areas include an outdoor arena, corral, pasture, round pen, barn, indoor arena "coming soon", two therapy rooms, and a group processing and waiting room. Other amenities include relaxing outdoor tables, hammocks, chair swings, and benches. Our goal is to make this experience enlightening and comfortable in a natural setting. The client's journey and desire is our focus.

Equine Therapy Activity Areas


Therapy Offices and Proccessing Alternatives



Self-Esteem & Confidence Group

  • Ages 14 to 17

  • Tuesday's 9:00 - 10:30 am

  • Starts June 8th

  • Ends July 13th

  • Price $360

Women's Empowerment Group

  • Ages 18- 23

  • Wednesday's 9:00-10:30 am

  • Starts June 9th

  • Ends July 14th

  • Price $360

Emotional Awareness Group

  • Ages 14 to 17

  • Thursdays 9:00-10:30 am

  • Starts June 10th

  • Ends July 15th

  • Price $360



For questions about our services or scheduling group sessions please contact Samantha Booy Draney
To schedule an individual therapy session please contact Dana Jackson
Samantha Booy Draney
Dana Jackson