It is a sad day when we learn that another Equine Therapy Program will be closing their doors. Wisconsin’s CHAP program has reached the sad conclusion that they can not continue to provide services.
We know the struggles of implementing and Equine Therapy Program.
A lot of people have a misconception that what we provide are riding lessons.
Yes, while working in our program our clients will probably learn at least the basics of riding a horse. But our work is so much deeper. Work with horses improves communication, builds self-confidence, helping those with anxiety and depression share how they feel and become more empowered in all areas of their lives. For those dealing with ADHD and again anxiety, we work on self-soothing and calming skills that allow clients to slow down and be present in the moment. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We focus on each client’s specific needs and issues, designing a program around work with horses that will help them reach their goals of a healthier and happier life.
Add to this the fact a program of this type deals with financial challenges (most insurance companies offer very few benefits for mental health coverage and those benefits are usually reserved for very specific ‘traditional’ types of services) that come along with caring for horses. Horses must be sheltered and fed no matter what. There is also a huge time and energy commitment to providing a the physical care that horses require. Horses are fed up to 3 times per day. Stalls are cleaned twice daily and each horse has a schedule of ‘down time’ as well as training to keep them healthy, happy and ready to do their work, And of course we are often at the mercy of ‘mother nature’ when weather can impact our program. Luckily, N.E.A.T. has a large covered arena that we can use when they weather gets challenging.
But, I’ll tell you what. We know that the work we do is invaluable for the clients we serve. This is the work we are meant to do.We have seen the benefits and we will continue to fight the good fight to be here in Northern Nevada, providing vital services to children as young as 4, teens, adults and seniors. We invite you to call or email us if you would like to visit our ranch and meet our herd. We will be happy to learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help, or share with you how you may be able to help us help others.