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.

SRD is Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certified and follows the EAGALA Model for therapy.

EAGALA sets the global standard for Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and personal development and is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs.


SRD Straightening Reins aims to improve teen and adolescent mental health and well-being through experiential learning, self-discovery, and modeling positive choices. Using equine-assisted therapeutic programs, SRD:

Provides tools and support to address emotional challenges Provides resources for youth, families, schools, and the community Promotes recovery and resiliency by actively addressing behavioral/emotional problems, substance abuse, violence, child abuse, and communication issues


SRD Ranch strives to offer adolescents and teens a safe and supervised outdoor environment where they can learn and improve social skills and healthy coping skills.

SRD has made a commitment to ensure high-quality services and care by effectively supporting our team of professionals, conscientiously managing our financial resources, and producing positive outcomes through evidence-based practices.

We will demonstrate the power of positive choices and assist people in accepting responsibility for their personal mental well-being.

We will serve as leaders in the effort to change the narrative about mental health and provide support for our youth and their families during challenging times.

About Mental Health


Info for Teens

Info for Parents & Caregivers

Advocates Take Action

Workshops & Activities




Parents & Caregivers


What is EAP?

EAGALA Certified

The EAGALA Model

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