Live BIG. Love BIG.

Open your heart and mind to new solutions to life’s challenges.

Animals touch our souls, heal our psyches and restore our bodies

Animal Grace by Mary Lou Randour

Together with the support and wisdom of our rescued, horses, donkey, deer, alpaca, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and HIGH and HIP licensed therapists, facilitators and volunteers, BIG Heart Ranch provides healing and life changing therapeutic experiences. With the generous donation of land and facilities from Acadia Malibu, (www.acadiamalibu.com) an innovative, dual diagnosis, licensed and Joint Commission treatment center, BHR can offer our services on a sliding scale starting with a bag of carrots.

Why choose Us?

Our Mission.humans+animals=healing

We provide physical, emotional and spiritual growth and healing through principled, clinical practices and facilitated experiential human and animal interactions.

Why choose Us?

Our Programs.designed for exploration

Horse Inspired Growth and Healing (HIGH) Horse Inspired Psychotherapy (HIP) HIGH and HIP increases positive self-worth and life skills by helping participants in all aspects of relationship building. Through the responses from the horses, participants see the immediate positive results of behavior change and intention. When positive change happens, faith in self and others begins to heal and grow. HIGH and HIP provides culturally appropriate horse activities that increase physical strength, endurance, and emotional resiliency; honors principles, spirituality, and cooperation between horse and humans; models life mentoring for successful goal attainment; and creates a safe environment to explore trauma issues and opportunities for healing.

Why choose Us?

Your Donations Help.we are a 501(c)3 non-profit

Since Jan. 2006 Big Heart Ranch has been healing disadvantaged children and families by providing therapeutic interaction with rescued animals. We are self funded and have donated over $250,000 in therapeutic services to children, families, veterans and those healing from trauma.



We've got our Big Heart On!

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Big Heart Ranch offers therapy that focuses on doing differently, not just thinking and feeling differently. It's about connection, not control.

INSTA-LOVE: BIG Heart Ranch on Instagram

Follow us to keep tabs on your favorite animal facilitators and join in the fun we have at the ranch every single day | @bigheartranch_

Volunteer at the ranch! Be of service to your community, connect with nature, connect with the animals.

Learn more about what it takes to be a Big Heart Ranch Volunteer and community service. Fill out our volunteer form to get started! Once you've got it ready, email it to suzi@bigheartranch.org.Download the Form