I read this article in the Idaho Mountain Express with a heavy heart. We need to figure out what we are, or are not doing, that we are failing so many young people so completely.
Because of mental health issues, often brought on by parental neglect and abuse, many of the kids we work with are at risk. They are at risk of failing at school and in their personal relationships. They are at risk of depression. They are at risk of addiction. They are at risk of ending up on the street or in jail. They are at risk of harming others or of harming themselves. We have found that work with horses can make a difference.
Through work with horses, we help to rebuild self-confidence and trust. The horses help our clients reconnect with their hearts. They learn that they can be successful, even in the face of frustration. They learn and practicing effective coping and self-soothing skills to help them get past the anger and pain that they so often feel. They feel connected, empowered and they often feel touched by magic.
If you know a child or teen that is having a hard time connecting with others, is struggling in school or at home, reach out to them. Though they may be resistant, letting them go on alone can lead to tragedy. Seek help. There are many resources available and N.E.A.T. is one of them. If you are interested in coming out for a visit, we will be happy to show you around and introduce you to the horses. We want to learn more about the issues your child/teen is dealing with and we will share how we may be able to help. Call or email to schedule a visit.