310-486-4494 [email protected]


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All sessions are conducted by Sophie Rainer Rainer certified by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) as Equine Specialist Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). We use ground-based activities to focus on emotional and mental health. A Mental Health Professional is on site for Equine (Donkey) Facilitated / Assisted Psychotherapy.


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EAL sessions

Equine (Donkeys) Assisted Learning

Equine (Donkey) Assisted Learning is an experiential approach using donkeys as co-facilitators. Participants actively engage in and reflect upon hands-on activities with donkeys. EAL provides opportunities to learn a variety of life skills and to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Social and emotional skills are developed through participation in purposeful activities. The sessions are conducted by an ESMHL

Behavioral Regulation  Social Skills – Communication – Problem Solving – Cooperation – Relationship Skills – Decision Making – Goal Setting – Empowerment – Focus – Respect

EFP sessions

Equine (Donkeys) Facilitated Psychotherapy*

Equine (Donkeys) Facilitated Psychotherapy promotes personal exploration and behaviors. The sessions are conducted by a mental health professional, an ESMHL (Equine Mental Health Specialist and Learning). Rather than providing instruction on particular donkeysmanship skills, EFP focuses on client’s needs and includes specific treatment goals facilitated by the mental health professional.

We use guided, ground-based activities to focus on mental, emotional, and mental health. EFP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including:

Anxiety Disorder + Autism Spectrum + Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) + Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) + Behavioral Issues + Depression + Down Syndrome + OCD + Substance Use Disorder + Trauma + PTSD + Traumatic Brain Injury

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We work from Monday to Friday (9.30am to 5pm). Please, contact Sophie for more information or fill the form and we will back to you.


What days and times you would like to schedule.


Sophie Rainer


Donkeys Of The Heart
[email protected]


7316 E. Highland Road,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Please provide your best days and times.

Call Sophie or fill out the form & Sophie will call you back. 

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Lessons are billed at the beginning of each month and must be paid in full by the end of the first lesson of each month.

o Cash
o Check
o Zelle
o PayPal (3% online convenience fee added to invoice total)
o Credit Card or Bank Transfer (3% online convenience fee added to invoice total)
o Venmo
o ESA- The Donkeys of the Heart is an approved vendor and accepts the ESA debit card or invoice submissions through ClassWallet.

 Lesson Cancellation, Rescheduling, and Late Arrival Policies
Lessons cancelled by students are not eligible for credit and unable to be rescheduled due to equine availability and schedule limitations. Lesson payment reserves your student’s spot in the program as there are limited spaces that are in high demand. This policy also helps keep pricing at a competitive, affordable rate and helps limit price increases program-wide despite increasing operating costs (hay, farrier, insurance, etc.).

 – Students must notify instructor if they will be absent so we can plan accordingly. Failure to notify instructor may result in reevaluation       of enrolment.

 – Late arrival of a student does not alter ending time of a lesson as this will impact lesson times falling after the late arrival. The lesson           will be considered “cancelled by student” if students arrive late and past the halfway mark of their scheduled lesson time.

 – Excessive cancellation or late arrivals may be cause for reevaluation and if the DOTH lesson program and format is a good fit for the              student.

 – More than 1 no-call/no-show in a 6-month period and/or more than 2 late arrivals and/or cancellation with call in a month may cause             may be cause for reevaluation of enrollment in the DOTH lesson program.

 – Lessons canceled by the instructor will be rescheduled or given as a credit during the next month’s lesson invoice.

o Weather related: If a lesson is unsafe due to weather the lesson may be adjusted to teach tack cleaning, equine management skills,            etc.
o Instructor occasionally travels: Advanced notice will be given to students and if your lesson day/time is impacted an effort to                          reschedule the lesson will be made.
o Holiday break weeks are not charged (see yearly lesson calendar)

  • Hair– Hair must be pulled back into a low ponytail or braid during the entirety of the lesson. Hair that is not pulled back can get easily caught on tack or equipment and may result in injury. Loose hair may also obstruct the vision of the student and cause safety issues. DOTH is not responsible for providing items to secure hair.
  • Pants– Long pants are required. Jeans, khakis, etc. are encouraged.
  • Shirts– Must fully cover chest and abdomen. Lighter colored material is encouraged during warmer months.
  • Shoes– Close toed shoes are required (closed toed= supportive sneaker, hiking boot, riding boot, etc. Converse, dress shoes, etc., are not acceptable “close toed” barn shoes.)
  • Jewelry– Dangly earrings may not be worn during lessons. It is highly recommended that stud earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. are not worn during lessons as they may break and or get caught on tack and equipment. Students may be asked to remove loose or bulky necklaces or bracelets for safety reasons.