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Our Equine Therapy Programs are Given at S.A.D.L.E.S. Ranch in Umatilla, Florida.

About S.A.D.L.E.S. Ranch

We pride ourselves on the not-so-traditional ways to help others through our experiential counseling and learning programs at S.A.D.L.E.S., our nature based wellness and outdoor education learning center.

S.A.D.L.E.S stands for
Self – Acceptance – Discovery – Learning – Empowerment – Success

A Horse’s non-judgmental nature, compassion and inspiring presence allows you to get in touch with who you really are. For women it’s empowerment, for families it’s connection and building better relationships, for children it’s a powerful and positive experience, and for veterans and first responders its peace of mind.

Another integral part of learning and self discovery is HOW we learn. Whether through our equine therapy, counseling, team building, conflict resolution, veterans and first responders non-profit, or outdoor education and home school programs; we provide you with a powerful and motivating “hands on” approach.  Stress, tension, anger and anxiety can push you forward at a pace that is counterproductive to a healthy life.

We invite you to find peace naturally and experience a wellness adventure of mind, body and spirit.

Meet Our Team

FOUNDER, CHER MYERS, L.C.S.W., M.S.W., Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning, Certified Family Mediator, Parenting Coordinator, Qualified Clinical Supervisor

Cher is a strong advocate for children and families which is demonstrated in her experience in providing counseling, forensic services and adoption home studies. She is certified as a neutral professional in collaborative practice for alternative dispute resolution. She is an experienced parenting coordinator and has served on task force committees for the development of parenting coordination in the state of Florida and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. She is a licensed mental health therapist and EAGALA as an equine-assisted mental health professional which complements her clinics license as an LCSW in the State of Florida.

NICOLE HALSEY, FACILITATOR / INSTRUCTOR

Nicole found her home at S.A.D.L.E.S. in August 2011 as an instructor for nature awareness through experiential learning and activities. She has trained in wilderness self-reliance with some of the top survival experts in the country. Nicole also possesses advanced skills in herbalism, self-sustainable living, wild edibles, and Native American crafting and concepts. Her love and respect for wildlife and nature combined with her connection to the horses have made Nicole a valuable member of the S.A.D.L.E.S. team.

CHARLES A. KERSEY, VOLUNTEER MANAGER

In addition to being on horseback since he was a child, Charlie possesses a love for helping people through experiential learning. Charlie is certified as a facilitator and trainer for both low and high ropes challenge course. He has conducted therapeutic horsemanship classes and camp-outs. Due to his extensive background and expertise he was authorized by the University of Florida to construct both low and high elements. He has designed and constructed Challenge Rope Courses throughout the Southeastern United States; was involved in the first Challenge Rope Course in the Caribbean and was a consultant for the course at the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center. His extensive history in human services also includes a military background in which he received the Bronze Star, two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. Charlie joined the S.A.D.L.E.S. team in 2000.

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