Earlier today I read and shared on our Facebook page a tragic article about a local teenager who committed suicide. The statistics are more than alarming. These young lives are far to precious for us to let them end when there are things that help. We must do better.
Here is a link to USA Today’s story on how work with horses helped pull Morgan Hubbard back from the brink.
Day in and day out, we see how powerful work with horse can be. Our team of Qualified Mental Health Associates work one-on-one with our clients and the horse they choose to work with. We currently have 8 horses in our herd, from a Dillon, our Miniature Horse, to Reilly, a 16.3hh Oldenburg, providing clients with lots of opportunity to find a horse that they can connect with. In each session we address the client’s specific needs and goals. We may be looking at increasing self-confidence or improving self-soothing/coping skills. Maybe it is about becoming better at being present and in the moment. Maybe we need to help the client find a way to reconnect with another living ‘being’ (their horse and their QMHA) in a less stressful and demanding situation. We meet the client where they are and, through the work with their horse, try to show them the way to a healthier and happier life.
First and foremost, if you know a teen who is struggling, seek help. We are one of many resources in our community. If you would like to learn more about our program, call us at 775-473-5548 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our incredible herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.