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SOCS® Equine and Animal Assisted Learning & Therapy

Where other wellness and educational programs and treatments leave off or fail SOCS® Equine and Animal Assisted Learning & Therapy succeeds. 

We help children and adults become self aware, and emotionally, physically and spiritually conscious, while developing the life and problem solving skills needed to live an authentic, healthy and balanced life. Working in nature, alongside horses and other farm animals, we help big and little humans to understand feelings and behavior. One of kind in home individual (child, adult, family) coaching and strategic interventions effectively complement our work in nature. 

The horses and farm animals we work with are carefully screened and selected for their ability to reflect, respond and awaken an individual’s understanding of who they truly are.

Participants have the opportunity to observe, interact, and learn about behavior in nature, and can take responsibility for the care of a horse – all of which can create significant personal growth and authentic kinship and connection.

Stressed, Anxious, Angry, Stuck?

Children and adults who are struggling with anxiety, stress, sensory concerns, and addiction benefit on a profound level.   from this For many people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, this can be a new experience – one that helps create a greater level of patience, self-esteem and confidence. Often, where other methods of treatment have failed, equine therapy has shown to be beneficial.

​”Simply nothing like the extraordinary educational, life changing work Karin and Dr. Greg Yapalater are doing with horses & families out there. Our family has benefited on so many levels – and our children’s behavior has been transformed for the better. Truly remarkable!”  

If home, work or school feel more like a battlefield than a safe haven contact us today.


  • Life transitions
  • Divorce
  • Anxiety & Stress Management
  • Addiction Recovery 
  • Family Crisis Intervention
  • Parenting Concerns
  • Improve Family Connection and Conscious Communication
  • Challenges with horse & rider relationships 

​”Working with Karin and the horses will turn your life around. This work goes beyond words, and is different than traditional talk therapy. A deep, meaningful, long lasting healing that moves you onto a better future. Develops skills to create a deeper sense of connection.” ​ 

Every member of the family will benefit! NO RIDING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. In fact, those who feel apprehensive about horses or other animals are among those who can most benefit as a way of overcoming obstacles and fears!


Karin Yapalater, CHC, AADP is a Board Certified Integrative Family Health Counselor and expert in the field of Equine & Animal Assisted Learning & Individual and Family Conscious Coaching. She is the Co-Founder of the School of Contemplative Studies (SOCS™) “the school that travels within”, an educational organization that brings conscious-based health and wellness programs to schools, businesses and families right in the comfort of their own schools, workplaces and homes.

Dr. Greg Yapalater or “Dr. Greg” as his patients fondly call him is a renowned Pediatrician with over 30 years of experience providing the highest quality medical and healthcare to children and families all over the world.  He is the Founder of Park Avenue Medical Specialists in New York, co-founder of SOCS™ and co-author  with Karin of the highly acclaimed Present Tense Awareness PTA© Curriculum.

“Dr. Greg & Karin Yapalater are expert child & horse whisperers who quickly identify the most strategic solution to child, adult, family – as well as horse – problems!  Remarkable!“ The Simmons Family


Socrates aka SOCS/SOCZ (pronounced socks)  is a Roan Quarter Horse trained in Natural Horsemanship by The Yapalaters.  SOCS aka SOCZ is also the beloved namesake of The Yapalater’s traveling School of Contemplative Studies (SOCS). SOCZ is a SOCS™/PTA© trained Equine Coach living and working @ the Green School.

Sherlock is a bay quarter horse with the rough and tumble looks of a wild mustang and a heart of gold.  Sherlock is a SOCS™/PTA© trained Master Level Equine Coach living and working @ The Big Sky Ranch.  Palio is an award winning quarter mile  chestnut paint quarter horse and SOCS™/PTA© trained Master Level Equine Coach living and working at The Big Sky Ranch.

Lola is a 2 year old Staffordshire terrier lab rescued by The Yapalaters. Lola is currently in training as a SOCS/PTA© Canine Coach.

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“Karin’s equine clinics are an incredible way for couples, families and friends to spend quality time together while learning about and connecting authentically to themselves and one another.” – Markus

“Working with Karin and the horses, I learned more in 1 hour about myself and what was keeping me stuck in my life and in my relationships than I have learned in years of talk therapy!” – Stacey​

“After college I felt lost…and Karin and the horses managed, in one quick session, to highlight some very deep issues I hadn’t even realized I had buried. It was a magical a-ha moment that immediately helped me in my life in a very positive way.” – Isabelle

Each individual or group session is based upon the PTA© curriculum, developed over the past 25 years by Board Certified Integrative Health Counselor Karin Yapalater and Dr. Greg Yapalater – highly skilled family health practitioners and renowned human and horse whisperers.

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