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Samantha Rocha Dyer (SRD) Foundation Straightening Reins

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Samantha Rocha Dyer (SRD) Foundation Straightening Reins is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit established in 2011 specializing in equine-assisted and interactive therapies designed to improve adolescent and teen mental health and well-being. SRD provides behavioral, educational, and community outreach services to youth and their families in Los Angeles County.

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Clarita Valley, SRD uses horse-assisted therapy to promote emotional growth in youth. With easy freeway access to the ranch, youth interact with the horses, goats, sheep, and chickens. The goal is for youth to understand and appreciate the tranquility and love of our horses and other animals so they can foster and develop life skills necessary to achieve personal and family goals.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Location Santa Clarita, CA
Status Active
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  1. Adolescents
  2. Animal-assisted activities
  3. Animal-assisted therapies
  4. California
  5. Horses
  6. Mammals
  7. Mental health and well-being
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