Through group and one-on-one sessions interacting with horses and ponies while completing on-the-ground activities (no riding), we can help develop motivation, confidence, critical thinking, communication and leadership skills, as well as work to overcome depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, educational challenges and much more.
Horses, by their very nature, are prey animals. They must be able to detect intent in their environment. A horse knows the difference between a sleeping mountain lion and one that is pretending to sleep. Therefore, when a person tries to act a certain way, the horses are able to detect the incongruence and mirror it back to that person.
When the inside of the person matches the outside, the horse relaxes and is more cooperative. As a result, courage and trust are developed to carry these behaviors and attitudes from inside the corral to situations outside the arena.
Our team works with ages 5 to 85 to be transformed through the power of horses. However, our primary focus is on children and youth – 18 years and under. With over 30 years of horse and educational experience, we work with you to create a program tailored to maximize personal growth.
Before David participated in the HorsePowered Life Skills program, if he was told “no”, he would turn on tears. Now, when he starts to cry (after being told “no”) I ask him what the horses would say. He is able to calm himself down and says “ok” on a more consistent basis.
The horses taught me that I always have to be ready to go to Plan B.
Tara (age 12) started the first day speaking in a very soft, mumbling voice. By the end of the program, Tara was using her firm and clear voice with confidence.
It was truly amazing to see how the program helped my son’s confidence grow and how his attitude of being willing to learn improved. The horses know exactly how to respond to each child.
It was interesting to see how my child would take a directive from a horse and not throw a temper-tantrum.
My son, Corey, (age 7) now proudly boasts that he is now the second-best reader in the class.
My son, Bryson, really struggled in Kindergarten and was falling behind in school after my husband deployed. We discovered this unique program and decided to give it a try even though it meant driving over one hour one way. After the first three days of the summer program, we noticed a positive change in his behavior. We chose to continue with the fall programs. As a result Bryson was less stressed and anxious about school. In fact, he was pretty excited to start 1st grade.
My son and I have been given a tool box full of tools through BraveHearts. We now have vocabulary and references we can use to help remind one another to be focused, check our surroundings, remain calm, use a firm voice…
Gage struggles with math. He participated in the HorsePowered Reading and Math programs and that helped him relax. He learned responsibility. He enjoyed being in charge and getting the horse to do what he wanted. I have seen a lot of the skills that Gage learned through BraveHearts translates into his day to day life. His son takes more responsibility by getting himself ready for school. He doesn’t need prompting and takes the initiative to finish his homework.