Saddles and Serenity

The 12-Steps with Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)421073_382127415150181_111277138901878_1381135_1631598695_n

Created by Johnny Higginson, SAS is a modality based on the 12- Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the use of horses as healing, self-awareness, empowerment and transformation for sobriety and other addictions. Read the published article by John Higginson from the PATH international STRIDES magazine, Spring 2014 edition.

SAS includes “on the ground” and mounted exercises that develop an insight and new perspective to working the 12 –Steps through the use of horses.

Activities can be individual, partnered, or team based and may include horsemanship, equine education, and/or an experiential type therapy which uses horses to amplify the specific step and, through that, reveal what a person can focus on in their sobriety and wellness.


Example Exercise:

Step One “Powerlessness, Trust & Faith”

Teams consisting of 2 people, one horse.

Taking turns, each team navigates through an obstacle course, one on the horse bareback, the other leading the horse walking. The person on the ground is blindfolded. The rider must direct the person on the ground to get through the course. The partners switch and they do it again. A continuation may be where the rider then wears the blindfold and goes through the course, with the leader seeing the way.

After the activity, there is a discussion of where fears come up, if any, and what was challenging/not challenging.

Saddles and Serenity holds an AA meeting at the ranch, every Wednesday from 9-10am .
This is an open meeting. the only requirement for AA membership is a DESIRE to stop drinking. All 12-Step meetings are self supporting by their own contributions.

SAS will be holding several 12-Step and EAAT workshops throughout 2014.

Please see the Calendar for the schedule.

The 12 Steps of AA (which can be modified for any group- NA, Alanon, CODA, OA, DA, S& LAA, etc) are as follows:

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principals in all our affairs.

If you would like more information, please call Johnny H. 213-761-0549


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