How The Programs Work
The state licensed counselor interviews the clients and pairs each client with a horse or horses. Under the supervision of a horse specialist, the clients are given tasks, such as moving their horses to a particular area without touching the horses. This enables the clients to learn about the horses and themselves. After the tasks are completed, the group discusses their insights, feelings, and experiences.
A bond develops between the horses and the clients. The clients learn to trust these large animals with big eyes, curious noses, and alert ears and, although the horses don’t use words, they communicate. All interaction is done on the ground; no riding occurs in our equine assisted counseling. The clients may lead, groom, hug, and pat the horses. They often whisper or talk to the horses.
We offer counseling services for Individuals, Families, and Groups. We also offer learning programs for school or business groups
Stable Girls and Cowboy Up are group programs for adolescent girls and boys. Groups meet for twelve weekly sessions working in the natural settings of arenas and stables with horses under the guidance of a counselor and horse specialist. Our clients are referred by school counselors, private mental health therapists, and child services. These clients are considered at-risk, having issues at school, at home, or in the community. Their issues include self-esteem, self -image, anger, anxiety, stress, and abuse.
Pony Pages is a tutoring program for special education and elementary students in reading and writing. Upon completion of the program, students should show improvement in reading fluency, reading comprehension, and writing. An improved attitude towards literacy is also expected.