Connected Horse at Xenophon

Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, in collaboration with Connected Horse, is pleased to offer pioneering equine-assisted workshops for people living with early-stage dementia and their care partners (spouses, adult children, other relatives or close friends).  The workshops follow evidenced based curriculum developed during research conducted in joint studies between UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Center for Equine Health, and Connected Horse as well as from data gained through preceding workshops completed in conjunction with Stanford University’s School of Medicine and the Stanford Red Barn Leadership program.

The four-week workshops are designed to provide shared experiences, communication opportunities, stress and anxiety reduction strategies, self-compassion, and mindfulness practices, all through interactions with our therapy equines.  No horse experience is necessary and, while there is intimate interaction with the horses, there is no riding involved.  Horses are powerful healers who can, simply by their presence, bring about changes in humans.

All workshops are held from 10:30am-12:30pm at Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center – 60 Don Gabriel Way, Orinda, CA  (Click for digital flyer)

To participate, individuals must be ambulatory and have the physical stamina for outdoor activities at the barn. They should be willing to take part in group discussions.

All workshops observe CDC and local COVID safety protocols and guidelines which participants, volunteers and staff are required to follow.

For information, please call Xenophon at (925) 377-0871 or email Penny Sinder, Connected Horse Facilitator, at

2023 Session Dates:

April: 19, 26, May 3, 10 (Wednesdays)

June: 6, 13, 20, 27 (Tuesdays)

August: 9, 16, 23, 30 (Wednesdays)

October: 3, 10,17, 24 (Tuesdays)