Equine Empowerment Program

It is with a great deal of excitement that we can now announce and share the launch of our newest program offering at Bear Creek Stables.  In collaboration with one the South Bay’s largest social services agency non-profits we are working with foster children that have just aged out of the system. These kids are now getting a little horse TLC at Bear Creek Stables with a specially designed program customized just for them.  We are also working on several other agreements with groups that assist at risk kids.

We are so pleased to be able to offer a bridge between our horses who are often shunted from one home to another and who do not always have positive experiences with our foster kids who surely have experienced some of these same challenges.  There is a profound emotional connection between them.

Our program was designed by Bear Creek Stables Program Manager Jenny Whitman and on-site counselor Diane Azevedo, LMFT.  Diane describes the program as follows: “Empowerment clinics are held in a small group setting on site at Bear Creek Stables.  We work on accessing the parts of ourselves that can hold boundaries and keep us safe.  We practice standing our ground, being aware of our environment and deflecting negative energy. The horses help us tune into our nonverbal communication. We work on leading with intention.  We look at herd dynamics between the horses and how they foster peace in the herd with clear boundaries and respect for every member. We look at our emotions as intuitive awareness that can help lead us in the right direction. Healthy relationships grow from the inner strength we cultivate.  We share the stories of our rescue horses so that we might identify with their past pain and challenges.  We look to them as examples of resiliency and hope. We touch them, groom them and send them the love and appreciation for the opportunity to share this journey with them.”

Please become part of this journey with us and sponsor a program therapy horse or program participant.  Just imagine your own kids being thrown out of the nest at 18 and given zero resources from that moment on.  What would their futures look like?  Would they be able to go to college?  Where would they live?  Would they have any funds for housing and other necessities?  I think we all know the answers to these questions.  We are working with organizations whose programs are crucial to keeping these kids off the streets and on the right path to independence.  As a reward for kids following the rules in these programs they are allowed to participate in our Equine Empowerment clinics and learn how they have the power through a connection with our horses and other team building and self awareness activities provided.

We are looking for sponsors to help underwrite our therapy programs as we are now retaining horses in program and of course our program is of no charge to our clients.  We feed our kids and buy other supplies as needed and of course the grain bucket is always quickly emptied at Neigh Savers!

Donations gladly accepted at: http://neighsavers.org/get-involved/donate-2/

Please contact karin@neighsavers.org for more info and how you can help and get involved.  You can read about our general Equine Assisted/Empowerment program here: http://neighsavers.org/equine-assisted-therapy/

 

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