What we do


Donkeys provide therapeutic and educational opportunities for children and adults with cognitive, mental and behavior challenges.

Our hands-on, individualized program allows every person to experience sessions designed to meet their specific needs and challenges.

If a person is currently in therapy, our staff works directly with the individual’s therapist to create a supplemental program with hands-on donkey related activities.

Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a form of human-equine interaction that provides a personal learning experience for the client.

EAL promotes the development of self-awareness skills,
self-esteem, confidence, problem solving skills, emotion regulation and self-control.

While an EAL experience is educational and beneficial
to one’s wellness, it is not considered therapy.

Absolutely no riding is involved in our EAL program.

Donkey Facilitated Psychotherapy

Donkey Facilitated Psychotherapy is one of the true forms of equine therapy. 

An Equine Facility Psychotherapy (EFP) session is conducted by a licensed mental health professional who partners with another credentialed equine professional to address psychotherapy goals set by the clinician and the client.

The sessions focus on behavioral changes and self-improvement. EFP sessions can help a person discover the root of their on going struggle.

Absolutely no riding is involved in our EFP program.

Our sessions are conducted following the rigorous standards of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International or PATH, Intl.

We apply PATH‘s rigorous ethics regarding the well-being of the donkeys and our relationships with clients and the communities served. 

Populations we serve include those with:

  • Trauma
  • Depression 
  • Stress – Anxiety
  • Those on the Autism Spectrum
  • Drug and Alcohol addictions 
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • ADHD
  • ADD

We are committed to maintaining the highest industry standards and work closely with psychologists, therapists, counselors, and educational experts to ensure the growth and diversity of our organization.

Our program attempts to reconnect the individual with nature and includes both art and music. We are located in beautiful Cave Creek, Arizona which is a phenomenal gift from Mother Nature.

We are located in Cave Creek, Arizona.

The Donkeys of the Heart, Inc is federally registered 501(c)3. (EIN 84-3626-799).