Divine Equine Assisted Therapy Center helps facilitate connection between horse and human to provide confidence, belonging and independence beyond the diagnosis.
What is Equine-assisted therapy?
Equine-assisted therapy is a range of activities with horses to improve human physical, emotional, and mental health. People can find strength and independence through the healing power of the horse. Equine-assisted therapy gives the ability to control a horse as well as one’s own body which inspires self-confidence, responsibility and encourages teamwork.
Students get a consistent team who knows your name and is excited to see you each week. Kristy works with every student so that routine with being greeted by familiar faces is part of the experience. We are very intentional about being a both physically and psychologically safe space for whoever comes as there can be stigma or social sacrifices for some of our students in the world but at Divine Equine, come as you are. We celebrate and honor each individual and deeply appreciate the caretakers and loved ones.
Divine Equine Assisted Therapy Center is PATH Certified which sets a high bar of excellence both in care for the horses and for students. As the premier professional membership organization, PATH Intl. is an international voice of the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry.
Kristy felt a deep affinity with horses since pre-school and has worked professionally with children for 20+ years earning the nickname,
"The Child Whisperer".
When she was introduced to therapeutic riding in 2015, Kristy was immediately called to dedicate her future to being in service through equine therapy.
Since that initial spark of inspiration, Kristy volunteered at various centers for riders with special needs, received formal training in western and English riding, and completed an accelerated program to become a PATH certified instructor.
Kristy immediately began teaching and supporting students with functional diversity. With a grand vision of being intentionally inclusive and serving broader and more diverse populations, Kristy began her efforts towards creating her own Center. With her love of horses and calling to provide a space to empower people through experience with horses, her non-profit, Divine Equine Assisted Therapy Center was born.
Kristy is blessed with support from her Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Barn Manager and many vital volunteers in a beautiful space.
The Divine Equine Board and advisors includes skills ranging from caregivers of people in the disability community, operations, communications, finance, legal, HR and working at global equine assisted centers. Our Barn Manager, "E", has 30+ years as an equine expert and endurance rider.
Our volunteers are committed, talented, warm and friendly. Our volunteers become our students' team to help with consistency and help students feel welcome every week.
Divine Equine has 13 acres across the hills of Soquel. We have a covered arena, uncovered arena, a large barn and several turnouts lined with beautiful flowers and scenery (and there's actually a pond). There is plenty of parking and it is ADA accessible.
We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors and vendors. Divine Equine Assisted Therapy Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.
Kristy is a member of PATH's national Diversity and Inclusion Council charting centers to promote social justice and racial equity. The first goal is to provide more access to lessons for those who may not know we are here for them. Our action is to partner with community groups and provide scholarships where needed for new students. We are creating an Inclusive Language Guide for our staff and volunteers. We are putting together a report to be transparent about our intersectional diverse makeup and will continue to have diverse representation among our staff, vendors, suppliers, volunteers and especially our students.