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Guided Animal Intervention Therapy (GAIT)

Healing on horseback

The GAIT program, located at Seneca’s Canyon Acres Ranch in Anaheim Hills, is the ONLY equine-assisted therapy program in Orange County specializing in treating children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect and loss.

GAIT makes a difference! The GAIT program provides children the opportunity to heal by building a relationship with a horse, while they learn to cope with and manage emotional triggers. All therapeutic riding instructors are PATH certified, and every lesson has a specific therapeutic goal. This innovative approach meets the needs of vulnerable children who have survived trauma, are often withdrawn from human interaction, and do not respond to traditional therapy.

OUR GOAL: To help vulnerable children find their voice, feel empowered and develop life-long coping skills.

GAIT at a Glance


  • One-hour weekly sessions
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • PATH certified instructors
  • Innovative therapeutic approach
  • Specializing in treating children with a history of trauma and othermental health challenges

What you can do to support GAIT today!

1. DONATE! Click here to support this remarkable program. 
2. VOLUNTEER! Click here for volunteer information.


For more information on Seneca’s GAIT program, contact Lauren Smith at Lauren_Smith@senecacenter.org or call 714-469-7447.

  The GAIT program features therapeutic riding instructors certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).


Meet our Horses!


Valkyrie “Kyrie”
Age: 8
Breed: Icelandic horse

Sponsorship: Available

Valkyrie, who goes by “Kyrie”, is a spunky pony with a big personality. She may be the smallest in the herd but she makes her presence known! She is a very special breed that originated in Iceland and is very sturdy.  Kyrie can perform two gaits in addition to the walk, trot and canter called the tolt and pace. She once starred in a commercial where she performed her trick of sitting on a hay bale!






I Padrini di Antonello “I Padrini”
Age: 10
Breed: Fjord

Sponsored by: I Padrini di Antonello

I Padrini is playful, engaging, and curious. He is happy being a child’s partner in games and being led through obstacle courses during sessions. His willing nature and calm demeanor make him an ideal therapeutic riding horse.






Age: 18
Breed: "Flea Bitten" White Mustang

Sponsorship: Not Available

Born into the wild, Riley is a mustang with an independent spirit. He has a gentle, laid back nature and is the oldest member of the team. Riley is intuitive and sensitive to the energy around him. As with all of our equine partners, he serves as a mirror and a bridge to form positive relationships.






Age: 7
Breed: Paint

Sponsorship: Available

We are excited to welcome Skylar, the newest member of our herd! With her impressive looks you will do a double take! Skylar is very sociable and loves to be where the action is. She is a quick learner and is eager to please.





For more information on Seneca's GAIT Program, including volunteer and support opportunities, please contact (714) 881-8656.