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Welcome to The Blue Heron Ranch


The Blue Heron Ranch is a nonprofit that provides quality, professional equine assisted activities for both children and adults. We offer a variety of riding programs for people of all ages that are specifically tailored to the needs of the individual.


The Mission of The Blue Heron Ranch is to provide a natural Arkansas environment where equestrian programs and other programs and  activities are offered that
promote personal wellness for children, adults and families. We also rescue animals who are abandonned or abused.


Set in the Ozark mountains along the White River, The Blue Heron Ranch offers a beautiful environment for riding horses. 

The ranch is located 26 miles east of Fayetteville, Arkansas on Highway 16 East.

(Get directions to the ranch)


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Fun at the Blue Heron Ranch - Child and family therapy for special needs children available by request. This therapy focuses on empowering children to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and respect for others, including the animal kingdom. Therapy includes interaction with nature and animals.

Meet our horses and our director

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Medicine Man: Medicine Man is our herd leader. He is a Medicine Hat paint with bright blue eyes. He loves children and is very friendly and inquisitive.

 Meet our other horses

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Lida Simpson, LCSW is the founder and director of the Blue Heron Ranch. A therapist with 21 years of experience working with children and families, she now devotes  the majority of her time to developing the equestrian and personal wellness programs of The Blue Heron Ranch.