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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
  • Horseback Riding
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Equine Eagles, Inc. is located in Independence, Kansas, was founded by DebraWheaton in May 1995, when God directed her to step out in a leap of faith. The goal of Equine Eagles is to utilize horses as mirrors, in the context of emotional, behavioral, social, physical and spiritual needs. Equine Eagles offers various programs and services, including, but not limited to Therapeutic Riding, SOAR (Equine Experiential Learning), Vaulting, and Equine Connections. Equine Eagles is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Programs include:

  • Therapeutic Riding: NARHA officials say therapeutic riding is beneficial for several reasons and in a variety of ways. It causes the riders body to move in a manner similar to the human gait by moving the torso, arms, shoulders, and head in rhythmic ways. These types of movements reach deep muscles, while the warmth of the horse helps keep them more relaxed, causing less pain and creating passive exercise.

  • SOAR - Equine Experiential Learning: The SOAR program utilizes the horse as a mirror to teach humans interpersonal communication skills, improve attention and focuse, self-confidence, stress management, and basic horse skills. Equine experiences may benefit such things as low self-esteem, panic disorder, attention deficit and hyperactive disorders, the abused, and disadvantaged. SOAR offers group workshops for the public, families and businesses, as well as private sessions. We are EAGALA 1 certified.

  • Vaulting: Vaulting is gymnastics on horseback, where everyone works together. It teaches confidence, teamwork, and responsibility. And it's fun!!!!!!

  • Equine Connections: Equine Connections offers individual and group training on communicating to the horse naturally. It builds relationships with the horse, as well as in other areas of life. This program works well with training young horses, retraining abused or problem horses, as well as the student working through life issues.