Double R Ranch

The Double R Ranch is a 142-acre working ranch in northern San Diego County near Warner Springs owned and operated by the Orange County Rescue Mission. The purpose of the ranch is to be a place where men, women, and children in crisis can find healing and growth through Biblical teachings, support group sessions, life skill training and life discovery curriculum, family camp and interactions with horses, livestock and other aspects of life on a working horse ranch.

An integral part of the Ranch is our equine therapy program run under the expert direction of our Horse Master Denise Nelson-Finster. Mrs. Nelson-Finster is the owner and Senior Trainer for DAAN Sporthorses a well-respected competition barn. She is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist with 23 years of trainer experience as well as 52 years of riding experience. Denise is also ARIA certified. ARIA is a national association for horseback riding instructors, whose purpose is to promote excellence in the profession of horseback riding instruction, based on the principles of Safety, Knowledge, and Integrity, with the health, happiness, and well-being of students and horses being of primary concern.

The Double R Ranch equine program includes husbandry, basic, on the ground, horse handling using Buck Brannaman’s techniques, as well as riding instruction in a controlled environment. This program was developed and has been under Denise’s direct supervision for thirteen years. Students are evaluated individually for skill and competency multiple times throughout the course of their program.

Ultimately, our equine therapy program is designed to restore the hearts and lives of the least, the last, and the lost in a safe and controlled environment.