About Us

South Wind Equestrian and Retreat Center is located just north of Austin, Texas in Leander offering equine assisted learning and therapy services to adults and children in the Leander, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, North Austin and Round Rock area.

We are a private 15-acre ranch nestled in the Texas Hill Country, graced with towering live oak and cedar elm tree with the only sound being birdsong and the breeze blowing through the leaves. There are three climate controlled offices on site, with trails, a labyrinth, lighted arena and five round pens. Currently the ranch houses 15 happy healthy equines who partner with Kelly and the team to help humans heal.

Kelly Jones, owner and founder of Ponderosita Ranch, home to South Wind Equestrian and Retreat Center, found this beautiful oasis tucked in the Texas Hill Country in 1999.  It has been developed over the years from a horseback riding center to a Center for Healing and Wellness, offering Equine-Assisted Learning and Equine-Assisted Mental Health Services to adults and children.

Through Coaching, Restorative Retreats, Mental Health Services and Therapeutic Immersions, lives are transformed. We combine nature, art and time with horses to improve mental health, boost human immune systems and affect quality of life through improved relationships.

Kelly  works with clients providing one-on-one coaching for couples and individuals, and facilitates group retreats and therapeutic immersions with licensed mental health professionals. She also mentors other equine professionals and is committed to improving equine welfare through education. To book a tour, consultation call, mentoring or coaching session click here.  Kelly’s book is available here.

In addition, there are several fully licensed mental health professionals on site providing services with and without the horses.  Working in this quiet and natural setting immediately settles clients and helps the healing process move quickly.

There are also several Airbnb options on site, that can be booked privately or as part of an Immersion or Retreat experience.

South Wind Equestrian is thrilled to house Heart of Hope Healing, a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit.  Heart of Hope Healing or H3, offers low cost equine assisted mental health services to children and adults in Leander, Liberty Hill, Cedar Park, North Austin and Georgetown. To find out more and to donate please click here.

Interview with Kelly Jones about South Wind