You or your loved one can find recovery at Skyland Ranch


Our men's residential program provides the opportunity to rebuild a foundation. It is time to establish a daily routine along with inner peace and self care. Through using equine therapy we have had huge success with helping men grow personally and within other relationships. Accountability is a key component. Part of that process comes from caring for something outside of themselves, establishing new skills, challenging themselves to go outside the box, and building new routines for a healthier way of living.
The empathic, therapeutic value of our horses set Skyland Ranch apart from other drug and alcohol treatment programs. Our program allows our residents to both experience the essence of the horse on the ground or while riding them. 
Our resident population consists of men between 18-70 plus years. Our clients come to us from all over the United States and from abroad.

While many come to us having been referred by primary drug and alcohol treatment programs, we have many successful residents who have learned new methods of how to cope with their substance abuse issue while at the ranch that they take with them.
Residents attend a group session each day and attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in the evenings. Various group sessions and one-on-one counseling are available options.

Many of the members of the “support team” have special knowledge and training in the area of drug and alcohol treatment for men. “Counseling” occurs most often during a trail ride or sitting around a bonfire listening to the sound of the “wild and scenic” river which is our Southern boundary. It happens while watching the dynamics of a herd of horses while they participate in their “society”.


Skyland Ranch works with Justice System


We regularly report to probation officers or courts if requested. While court systems do not commit residents to the ranch; often a resident might be required to be monitored. We also are a “community service” outlet for many jurisdictions, i.e., King, Pierce and Snohomish counties locally, and for foreign jurisdictions where required.

While the primary function of Skyland Ranch is that of a therapeutic residence, providing long term care, we sometimes are called upon to serve those struggling within the criminal justice system as a result of their abuse of drugs and alcohol.


Alcoholism and drug addiction seem to go hand in hand with the courts and probation system for a majority of young men caught in an ever expanding cycle of trouble with society. Because of Dave Pitkin, Founder of Skyland Ranch, experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge, we are uniquely able to deal with courts and probation officers from around the country. While courts do not “commit” residents to the ranch per se, we often cooperate with them in monitoring and reporting on a regular basis where required.

In several instances we’ve made a difference in the outcomes of several residents in a variety of situations. Skyland Ranch is also involved in various community projects.

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Program Principles

Horses are naturally empathetic animals with the natural born ability to become healers and therapists for humans. As bonds with horses grow, so does trust, affection, and respect.

In the depths of addiction we lose ourselves from within. We tend to become self-centered and focused on feeding our addiction and how to obtain our next fix. We numb ourselves seeking what will give us the instant gratification and end-up falling into a dark, depression filled, defeated place where we lack confidence and self-esteem in ourselves.

When you seek the company of horses and you feed your soul with powerful moments of positivity, love and bonding, it truly does something amazing for the human soul. A horse feels and feeds of a person’s feelings, attitude, and body language. In caring for these horses you learn to care for something outside of yourself in an environment that bring peace to the mind during recovery.


Sobriety is more than simply being sober. Sobriety is overcoming the depths of addiction. It is changing the old lifestyle you once lived, allowing you to learn how to become a happier, healthier person with new lifestyle choices and a new way of living.

“You can’t think yourself into a new way of living
but instead you have to live your way into a new way of thinking.”

~Richard Rohr

Sobriety is enjoying the little things as well as the big things. It is about growing your spirit and nurturing your soul. We believe in a process of healing that is inspiring to others and allowing individuals the opportunity to give back while re-build your foundation!


In addiction, often accountability is lost. We are no longer accountable to our family, our friends, and to our own well-being. Taking care of an animal allows you to think outside of yourself. It requires you to hone in on the ability to look beyond just your own needs, your own care, and your own well-being. It helps you rebuild the skills needed to strengthen your bonds with loved ones, family and friends.

Holding yourself accountable to your horse is important. Horses depend on people to care for them and provide them the TLC they need. By getting the responsibility to take care of these horses, it allows a unique opportunity for growth – ability to repair self-esteem, confidence and respect. This in turn allows personal growth to blossom from within.

Goal setting

Each resident sets out on their new journey, by taking a first step. Our goal is to work with each resident on setting personal and recovery goals. We have found that setting goals to achieve new day-to-day life skills and new goals with their horse all work together to empower them to reach each milestone, demonstrating that success in this journey is obtainable and achievable, just as it is with recovery.

Work ethic & projects

Skyland Ranch is a working ranch. It is also a place where people learn to grow and nurture good work ethic daily. Each day starts by achieving the simple goal of a clean room and a made bed. Additional goals are set to be achievable, allowing each resident to positively grow and develop.

Our community living environment allows each resident to play a part and show his individual importance. Each person assists in cleaning the house well as various duties both off and on the ranch. All will work together on animal health duties, assisting with trail rides, working on projects like cutting firewood, hay unloading, and more.

Each resident is provided with ample focus time to invest in step work, riding and bonding with their horse, working on other personal goals, etc.

The Ranch is a conglomerate of ideas from residents past and present. We encourage creativity and growth in ideas from all whom reside here. Some have built trails that they get to name. Others helped with numerous projects to leave their individual mark. We believe that this unique opportunity allows each individual to see the benefits of their productivity, growth, and reflection of each day.