“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 Michigan has gone through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local businesses, companies and nonprofits 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, EAD adapted their in person, hands-on model at the farm to bring their horses directly to the people at residential facilities with their newly created “Real Happiness” Mobile Horse Therapy Unit. The unit can be booked for residential facilities, personal, non-profit or corporate use. Mobile unit pricing is determined based upon location, time needed and request type. Let our horses bring joy to you!