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Meet the Staff

The Flying Horse Stable staff is comprised of five licensed professionals with backgrounds in therapeutic riding, equine facilitated learning (EFL) and psychotherapy (EFP), social work, speech/language pathology, general education and special education.

Together we offer a team of Mental Health Professionals dedicated to bringing the benefits of Equine Therapy to our clients in the spirit of harmony, enthusiasm, adaptability, emotional agility, and expertise.

University interns and volunteers are required to complete an extensive training program. See more information on volunteer opportunities.



Dawn Johns Swenson
School Psychologist, MS,SPS-II/Counseling
Equine Facilitated Mental Health Specialist
Path Intl. Certified Riding Instructor

Dawn is the owner/operator of Flying Horse Stable and provides program development, staff training, and horse management at the barn on a full-time basis.

Jewel Root

Jewel Root
BS, Education
PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

Jewel coordinates volunteer training and horse management. She is also available at the barn Monday through Wednesday.

Lisa Carmichael

Lisa Carmichael
Equine Activities Specialist, CBEIP-ED
Mental Health Educator

Lisa provides photos for therapeutic support along with horse management. She is at the barn on a full-time basis in the summer, and after school hours during the school year.

Patricia Sterling

Patricia Sterling
Mental Health Therapist, MSSW, LCSW

Patricia is available for psychotherapy group facilitation.

Sandra Schmidt (Bandy)

Sandra Schmidt (Bandy)
Monitors Horse and Goat Care
Assists with Horse Management and Horse Training
Provides Barn and Paddock Care
Nurtures all Flying Horse Stable 4 leggeds

Bandy volunteers with programs and works at the barn Monday – Friday

Our Therapy Horses - Horses for Healing

The therapy horses are thoroughly screened and given a trial period before becoming part of the Flying Horse Stable programs. They are partnered with and given daily attention for on-going development. Horses participate on a year round basis. The horses form the basis of the learning and healing that takes place. Together and individually, the herd members inspire, challenge, nurture and enlighten the participants who interact with them on a daily basis.

Arabian Horse Therapy
Black Russian–Arabian
Equine facilitated learning with our thoroughbred, Eddi.
Tucson, another quarter horse, helps us learn gentleness
Tucson–Quarter Horse
Zip–Quarter Horse
Willy–Arabian/Welsh Pony

Page Summary: Flying Horse Stable uses equine therapy (animal assisted therapy) in the treatment of Aspergers / Autism and as a natural remedy for adhd (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) , anxiety, ptsd (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and anger management. As a result of horse therapy based treatments, our clients enjoy higher self-esteem and confidence and richer, more rewarding social interaction.

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