Your journey begins at Dove Creek Ranch and Equine Rescue in Canyon, Texas where you can tour the ranch and rescue and have an opportunity to meet some of the horses and hear their stories. Dove Creek Ranch and Equine Rescue is nestled in a beautiful and scenic canyon of the Llano Estacado. Along with meeting the horses and barnyard companions of Dove Creek, you might also see one of the many wildlife creatures that share the land.
Basic Tour - (2 hours) Your tour guide will give you a close-up look at Dove Creek's highly accredited horse rescue and adoption facility. A member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, DCER is home to horses who need a safe place to go to heal or stay until they find their loving home. While visiting, you will be given an opportunity to meet and spend time with some of the animals on the ranch. Morning tours will usually see staff and volunteers doing daily chores such as feeding, grooming, and cleaning facilities. Horse training happens throughout the day on most weekdays and you might get to see this in progress, but it is not guaranteed.
Nature Walk - (1 hour) Your tour guide will tell the story of the land and point out all the critters and plants along the journey. On the land there have been sightings of deer, rabbits, coyotes, bobcats, wild turkeys, hawks, and many other species of birds. Dove Creek is also home to a variety of Texas wildflowers and fauna. You might see horses on this tour while you learn about the Rescue, but this is a different tour than our "Basic Tour". We will provide a cursory talk about who we are and what we do yet the focus will be on nature, the canyon, and hiking.
Led By Horses program - Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching Or EFLC has grown with several offerings by Laurie Higgins-Kerley and her team of facilitators, serving individual clients as well as small groups. They have held workshops and retreats on topics such as Grief, Navigating Transitions, and finding your Soul's purpose. EFLC is an experiential journey where the horse, as co-teacher, assists people in identifying where they are in life and what steps are necessary to move forward, revealing their path with heart. Deepening emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and purpose, partnering with Horse inspires compassionate and courageous action resulting in the cultivation of authentic power and influence.