Although primarily an equine facility, Rancho Del Sueño is also home to well over 30 rescue animals of various species.  Our "Animal Encounter" therapy program brings together a variety of animals with our visitors. 

Studies have shown that a human-animal bond can result in numerous psychological and therapeutic benefits such as relaxation, stress reduction, lower blood pressure, improved self-esteem, sensory stimulus, long and short term memory recall, and heightened social a
For more information on this program or to schedule an       Animal Encounter, contact us at (559) 868-8681 or email
(HAI) Human-Animal Interaction research suggests that there are positive neurochemical changes that occur by merely walking down the street and seeing a dog. (Rebecca Johnson, PhD, IAHAIO)

    The release of oxytocin induced during HAI may explain why animals have been shown in studies to stimulate social interaction and competence,  reduce anxiety, improve mood and also reduce cortisol levels and improve cardiovascular function by decreasing blood pressure. Such effects may in part explain the health promoting effects of having a dog or other animals. (Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, MD, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

    ~ Albert Einstein
Animal Encounter
Rancho Del Sueño
Equine Division of Heritage Discovery Center, Inc.

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