“Because individuals and families are isolated, this is a critical time for us to bring hope and a smile with the experience of horses. It’s the least we can do in these unknown and uncertain times.” – Deb VanderBand, Executive Director

In the challenging and unknown times that Michigan has gone through the past 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local businesses, companies and non-profits have been forced to improvise. Equine Assisted Development, an evidence based horse therapy center, located in Grand Rapids was no exception. With social distancing and stay at home requirements, EAD has expanded its horse therapy services to those who need it most.


In 2020 and beyond, EAD continues to bring horses directly to the West Michigan community through the newly created “Real Happiness” Mobile Horse Therapy Unit. They’ve adapted their in person, hands on model at the farm to bringing horses to the people. Two current visiting locations include: Byron Manor and Railside Assisted Living, with preparations to visit Bethany Christian Services residential home. The unit can be booked for personal, non-profit or corporate use. Mobile unit pricing is determined based upon location, time needed and request type.