Q: WHAT KIND OF CHILDREN WOULD BENEFIT FROM YOUR PROGRAM?
PAST TRAUMA WITH ANIMALS
If your child loves animals and especially horses and wants to develop a mutually respectful relationship with them but has had a traumatic experience in the past with a horse such as:
horse running off with them,
kicks or bites,
...this horse program offers a gentle reconnection with horses.
Often times the child takes the incident personally and carries shame or guilt feelings in that the horse didn't like them or that it was the child's fault.
Once children understand the way horses think and the reasons horses do what they do, this can change the energy behind any previous horse trauma and support resolution and healing for the child.
Sensitive, empathic children do particularly well at SHHR. In contrast, children who love horses potentially can have a traumatic experience by going to a trail horse rental or a traditional riding school.
Sometimes the horses at these facilities can be stressed out and miserable. Imagine being yanked at from the gums, kicked in the ribs and being forced to do the same routine day after day. Sensitive children easily pick up on the emotions and energy of the unhappy horses. This can happen at a feeling level but mentally may be un-identifiable by the child.
At SHHR the well being of the horses comes first. The horses enjoy their interaction with clients and are never bullied by a staff member or client. No forceful equipment or methods are used to make the horse respond to client or staff member demands.
Children are taught how to tap into the horse's willing nature to gain co-operation and a reciprocal relationship.
There is no pressure put onto the child or the horse to do things that is stressful to the child or horse.