Jerry and Jake were getting some of the horses ready to go out for a trail ride up the mountains with one of our former students. This student graduated four years ago and had come back for a visit.  Jerry asked me to lunge the horse he had just saddled. Lunging a horse before you…

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Parents looking for therapeutic help for their troubled teen are often apprehensive about Discovery Ranch’s unusual academic program. It’ just so different, they say, searching for words that won’t insult but will describe their observations of our learning environment. To that we say simply, Thanks! We work hard to make sure our learning and teaching…

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It’s been a year since a local rancher donated four beautiful foals to Discovery Ranch. In that year the horses have grown bigger and stronger. Now they’re ready for school. Colt class began this fall with ranch students helping the horses learn what it takes to be a ranch-worthy ride. But the class isn’t just…

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Our colleagues at our sister program, Oxbow Academy, called our attention to an article published in the on-line magazine, The Good Men Project.  The article, entitled “Boys and Porn: It Ain’t Your Father’s ‘Playboy’” discusses what author Marnia Robinson calls “super porn.” Robinson says boys today may experience a variety of ill-effects ranging from social…

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As clinicians, we work to provide our patients with the best possible therapy, notes Dr. Triston Morgan. But we also need to be sensitive to the most cost efficient delivery. Dr. Morgan serves as Admissions Director at Discovery Academy, Discovery Ranch’s sister program. He and co-author D. Russell Crane of Brigham Young University were recently…

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Sometimes a conversation starts with the phrase, “Don’t take this personally, but ….” Victoria Fielding, Academic Director at Discovery Ranch takes her job very personnally. It’s probably because as a professional educator she’s sees in many of her students the same struggles she saw in her own son. “Ethan fell through the cracks in the…

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The Ranch recently welcomed four new students who will spend the next year just sort of hanging around the barn. These aren’t average students. They’re four little foals donated by a local rancher. The rancher understands the Discovery process isn’t really about raising horses. It’s about helping students gain strength and confidence, in part, by…

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Wendy, the mother of a Discovery Ranch graduate, recently sent us this email. With her permission, we’re sharing it with you. To protect their family’s privacy, her student’s name has been changed: Today is Jeff’s 18th birthday. We might not be celebrating this very special day if it were not for all the amazing people…

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Yesterday I was scheduled for a video shoot at the Ranch’s new academic center. The idea was to help parents and potential students get a look at how learning occurs at the ranch. I’ve gotten used to the fact academic model at the Ranch is unlike anything else. The fact that students catch up and…

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Ranch girls acquire many new skills – everything from mastering DBT to feeding newborn calves. Now they are also learning how to knit and sew and using those skills to benefit themselves and others. See how at https://www.discoveryranch.net/videos/?video=SEWING_LESSONS

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