Welcome to Refuge Services
Refuge Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is community sponsored to provide services for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Refuge Services provides equine-assisted therapies to individuals of all ages. Refuge Services, Inc. offers hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) to children, adolescents, and adults in Lubbock and area communities in an accepting, supportive and Christian environment.

Nationwide, equine-assisted therapies continue to gain popularity as a legitimate form of treating many issues from disabilities to mental health and behavioral diagnoses. Refuge Services provides a therapeutic setting for physical, occupational, speech-language, or licensed mental health professionals to incorporate horses into their treatment plan. During the hour-long sessions the therapist concentrates on improving the clients physical, sensory, emotional, cognitive, and/or psychological deficiencies as diagnosed by a medical doctor. Communication, trust, and bonding between the client and the horse provide a unique opportunity for increased productivity that has not been previously experienced in a traditional therapy session. The counselors and therapists are able to transfer the relationship between the horse and individual to the implementation of therapeutic goals and objectives, capitalizing on the increased self-esteem, body awareness, stimulated senses and overall positive receptiveness of the individual.

Refuge Services, Inc. was established in Lubbock in September 1999.  Since the birth of Refuge Services, over 10,000 clients have participated in our Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), which is an intensive therapy service incorporating horses into the therapy process.  Our support is world-wide, as the founders are leaders in the world in EAP and train others to do such services internationally.

In October 2006, Refuge Services purchased a 40-acre horse facility and expanded equine services to include hippotherapy and therapeutic riding.  Refuge Services currently is serving approximately 160 clients per week.  This expansion continues to open doors for much more growth and counseling opportunities.

Refuge Services, Inc. is outstanding and unique in the following ways:

*  Employs the author of the only textbook in print for the last 10 years on Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) - currently used in several universities and colleges around the world, and as an online independent study course.

*  Employs 2 of the 14 EAP international trainers to train professionals in EAP (to-date providing training to more than 40 of the 50 states and internationally in 52 countries)

*  Employs 2 international supervisors for Advanced EAP certification status

*  Is among the first 50 to be certified in EAP in the world, with over 3000 mental health professionals now certified

*  Is the first certified, "out-patient" EAP program in Texas, leading the state in this innovative approach

*  Partners with local, regional, and statewide programs such as South Plains Community Action, Rescare, Caprock Home Health, Slaton ISD, Frenship ISD, Levelland ISD, Region 17, Children's Home of Lubbock, Ranch at Dove Tree, Vetstar, StarCare, Lubbock VA Outpatient Clinic, and Lubbock & Midiland Vet Centers, along with contracts with local and regional licensed counselors and school counselors.


Refuge Services is committed to serving the therapeutic needs of children and adults by providing Therapeutic Riding, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Counseling.

The benefits of horseback riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served. "Research shows that students who participate in therapeutic riding experience physical, emotional, and mental rewards. "Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. "For individuals with mental or emotional handicaps, the unique relationship with the horse can lead to patience, confidence, and self esteem."


Sponsorship Details
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Thank you to our top sponsors and everyone who attended for your continuous support! We had a wonderful Boots and Buckles 2019!

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Boots and Buckles 2020 will be held on April 18th, 2020 at the newly remodeled Frazier Alumni Pavilion at Texas Tech University!

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