Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in getting up every time we do.

About Us

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an effective way for humans to experience growth and development by participating in objectively driven exercises with a horse and facilitator.  It encourages not only confidence but individual and team growth. All of the exercises are done on the ground.  This is not horsemanship or therapeutic riding.  Participants who have little or no knowledge of horses do very well in this program.  You will be taught basic safety before making contact with a program horse.  The program horse will then take you on personal journey of self discovery.


Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Programs

Offered from April through September

  • Bereavement – For those looking for help after the loss of a loved one.  The loss may have occurred 6 months ago or even as far back as 30 years ago.  This program has categories for children, teens and adults.
  • Anti Bullying – This program is for participants between the ages of 8 years and 17 years of age. Designed to help both the child that is the victim of bullying and the child that is the bully.
  • Women in Transition – This program is designed to help women 18 years of age and older. Who are experiencing a life changing event.


Non Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Programs

Offered from October through March

  • Bereavement – For those looking for help after the loss of a loved one.  The loss may have occurred 6 months ago or even as far back as 30 years ago.  This program is limited to adults 18 years and older.
  • Pet Loss Grief Support – For those who need help after the loss of a pet.  This program is designed for adults and children over the age of 8.



Tanya “T” Rae Ballensky, CFSP

Certified in Grief Recovery and Equine Assisted Learning

Tanya “T” Ballensky started her career in funeral service in 2000 as an embalmer in Denver, Colorado while attending mortuary school. She became Licensed in the state of Montana in 2002 after completing her internship with Bullis Mortuary in Hardin and Miles City. In 2008 Tanya purchased Cremation & Funeral Gallery where she had been employed since 2004 and in 2014 she opened Heights Family Funeral Home. In 2016 Tanya received her career designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitoner. The achievement signifies her commitment to raise and improve the professional standards of funeral service practice and pursue lifelong learning.

In 2013 Tanya became certified in grief and bereavement services and in 2016 she became certified as an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator.

Tanya enjoys helping families and getting involved in community events. She is very passionate about helping others improve their quality of life. She loves being able to share her horses with the community by taking them to visit nursing homes and assisted living homes.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Edie R. Best, DVM, DABVP
Owner of Billings Animal Family Hospital
  • Dr. Edie Best received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Montana State University in 1990. In 1995, she graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She then became a board certified Diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 2003 and re-certified in 2013. She is certified in Canine and Feline Practice. The ABVP represents a group of veterinarians who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill and competency in the care of the “total patient”. The rigorous certification process must be repeated every 10 years to maintain these high standards.
  • Dr. Best’s practice interests include canine reproduction, internal medicine, and cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Dr. Best purchased Billings Animal Family Hospital in 2008. Dr. Best is married and lives in the Huntley area. She and her husband have two dogs, four cats, two horses and a donkey! Outside of work she enjoys boating, fishing, hiking with the dogs, “glamping”, and spending quality time with good friends and family.



Healing with Horses

There is nothing like a 1200 lb teacher.

One of the joys of working with horses is that they constantly assess but they do not judge. Their feedback is honest and instant. They constantly model assertiveness and teach us. Nature provides them with instincts that are very astute. They help instill empathy and kindness in the participants while changing the perspective on social interaction, leadership, communication, teamwork and empathy skills.

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733 West Wicks Lane
Billings, MT 59105

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