Three Hearts Farm
450 Lowell Street
Andover, MA 01810
For the past six years, Ironstone Farm has offered free retreats to cancer survivors. Run by professional facilitators, the equine-assisted therapy programs use the powerful relationship between people and horses to build a renewed sense of self, increase confidence and overcome fears and insecurities. Retreats for cancer survivors are free to participants thanks to the generosity of the Behrakis Family Foundation and the Boston North Cancer Association. No horse experience is necessary.
Equine therapy brings people and horses together, along with a therapist, in an environment designed to promote emotional growth and learning. Working with horses can also help to rebuild physical strength and mobility, which can be particularly beneficial for those who have had long periods of hospital treatment with lower activity levels. A recent study with breast cancer survivors showed that equine therapy improved the participants’ physical condition, as well as their overall quality of life.