This article offers a pretty clear description of what Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is and some ways to deal with it.
Equine Therapy is a great intervention for children and teens dealing with this issue. We practice firm, fair and consistent direction with clients and horses alike. Our clients find that horses don’t care much if you get angry – if anything, they will become more resistant and less willing to work with someone who is angry because that person becomes impulsive and untrustworthy.
Whether we are working with individuals or with a group, we encourage clients to “find a different way” to deal with frustrating situation – “stop, take a deep breath and think about what else you might be able to do.”
We also encourage clients to see adult direction as a positive experience. “We are simply trying to provide helpful information that will give you the tools to be successful in what you are attempting.” We impress upon our clients that our first responsibility is to keep them safe. If they are unable (or unwilling) to listen and follow directions, we can not do this and therefore, they will not be able to work with or ride the horses. This is pretty powerful motivation to do it my way!
We invite you to come out to the ranch, meet our wonderful horses and learn more about how our program works. Call us today to schedule a visit.