Working with horses can be a powerful way to reach out to people who struggle with mental health issues. Our clients each have their own unique challenges and we tailor our session plans to address those challenges. It may be that we are working on decreasing impulsivity and increasing focus, or perhaps we are working on self-soothing and calming skills, but in some cases our biggest task is simply to provide our clients with a reason for leaving the house each week.
In this Huffington Post article about Schizophrenia they talk about the how the ‘negative symptoms’ of this illness are very hard to treat. We have found that horses can be a powerful motivation to get out and engage. We don’t push clients to ‘accomplish’ anything. They are simply given the opportunity to interact with the horses on whatever level works for them. It may be that watching and talking about horses is what a client is up to on any given day or possibly it includes mounted work. We do what works for the client and keeps them engaged.
If you or someone you know struggles with Schizophrenia or other mental health issues we would be happy to share more with you about how our program may be able to help. Call or email to schedule a visit to our ranch. We will show you around, introduce the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and explain how our program works. We look forward to hearing from you.