YOU Can Make a Difference!

We are so proud of our partnership with the For Kids Foundation! This allows YOU to help kids in teens through your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION to a N.E.A.T. Scholarship fund!

Through work with horses, N.E.A.T. provides social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning, as well as mental health interventions for children, teens, adults and even seniors.

To donate, you can mail a check to: 834 Willow St, Reno, NV 89502 and put N.E.A.T. in the ‘for’ space on the check OR you can simply go to their website (https://forkidsfoundation.org/), or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ForKidsFoundation/ )and click on the ‘Donation’ button in the upper right hand corner and click in the box on the lower right side that indicates your donation is intended for N.E.A.T’s scholarship fund.

Your donations will help children and teens in Northern Nevada  find a path to a happier, healthier and more productive life, through work with horses.

Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION  will help kids and teens like ‘Samantha’. Samantha is the oldest of 5 children. She has always been ‘momma’s little helper,’ caring for her younger brothers and sisters when mom was busy doing other things and keeping them quiet when her father was in ‘one of his moods’. The family lived pretty rough when her parents finally split up. Samantha did all she could to help when her mom had to go to work. When mom remarried Samantha thought things might get better, but they didn’t. It started with her new step-dad being really nice to her, offering compliments and ‘cuddling’ with her, but that’s not where it ended. When Samantha tried to rebuff his attentions he threatened to leave the family or to pick one of her younger sisters to be his ‘favorite’. This went on for nearly a year before Samantha couldn’t keep it secret any longer and told a teacher what was going on. Her mom did not believe her and blamed Samantha when her step-dad was arrested. Samantha moved in with her grandmother, but was having a very hard time. She worried about her siblings, who still lived with mom and her grades fell. She became very withdrawn and had to be reminded every day to do simple thing to take care of herself. When Samantha first met the horses she spent a lot of time just brushing and hugging them. At first she worried a lot about whether they would remember her from week to week, but she has slowly built a strong bond with Mystic and is delighted when Mystic sees her and neighs a greeting. Samantha is slowly developing confidence and has begun to set appropriate boundaries so that she does not get stepped on or pushed around while working with Mystic. She has slowly begun to trust the human she works with too. The healing has begun.

ON BEHALF OF THE CLIENTS WE SERVE, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY.

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The Power of Equine Therapy

More and more we are hearing about how people around the world are finding the incredible benefits of doing healing work with horses.

Whether in a ‘traditional therapeutic riding’ environment, a program that only does work on the ground, or in a program such as N.E.A.T. where we utilize a unique combination of equine interactions (a little bit of both!), work with horses is making an impact!

In this story from The Age (Australia) you learn about a young gal who experienced trauma, but has found healing through work with her horse, Humphrey. The program sounds phenomenal! I especially like how the article talks about “childhood trauma can affect the way the brain organises, including sensory integration (responses to touch, sound and other senses); relationship building; and the ability to regulate emotions.” and “Before some people are ready for “cognitive interventions” such as counselling, they need to learn how to handle more primitive feelings like fear, anger and frustration.” And horses are awesome for helping people work through these feelings!

Our clients, some as young as 4 years old, lead, groom and even ride ‘their’ horse. They learn and practice self-soothing and calming skills, that help them help their horse to feel safe around them. They learn to see themselves as leaders as they move a 1000lb horse around an arena, both on the ground and while riding. They problem solve working through any frustration ‘stop. Take a breath. What is it you are trying to get your horse to do? Is there another way to communicate what you want?’ This work is so empowering!

We are here to be a part of the team! If you know someone who is struggling with the aftermath of trauma, give us a call or send us an email. We will schedule a visit to the ranch. We will show you around, introduce out incredible herd, learn more about what you are dealing with, and share how we may be able to help.

 

 

 

 

and they are doing work that is right in line with what we do at N.E.A.T.!

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Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE Donation Will Help Children and Teens

Through a partnership with the For Kids Foundation, you can now make TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS to a N.E.A.T. Scholarship fund!

To donate, you can mail a check to: 834 Willow St, Reno, NV 89502 and put N.E.A.T. in the ‘for’ space on the check OR you can simply go to their website (https://forkidsfoundation.org/), or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ForKidsFoundation/ )and click on the ‘Donation’ button in the upper right hand corner and click in the box on the lower right side that indicates your donation is intended for N.E.A.T’s scholarship fund.

Your donation will help children and teens in Northern Nevada dealing with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues, find a path to a happier and healthier life through work with horses.

Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION will help kids and teens like ‘Derek.’  Derek’s mom had a gambling addiction. By the time it was discovered the family had lost their home. Mom was unable to face what she had done and abandoned her family. Derek’s dad has managed to hold things together, but Derek and his younger sister have had a rough time. As kids often do, Derek wonders if it was something he did…Derek is withdrawn, has few friends and really does not enjoy much. He is a smart kid, but you wouldn’t know if from his grades. But Derek has always loved animals and he has responded well to his work with horses. He has picked the biggest horse in our herd and is starting to really connect with ‘his horse’. He is smiling again and his teachers report that he is always happy to tell the other kids about his horse. The healing has begun.

ON BEHALF OF THE CLIENTS WE SERVE, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY.

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A Closer Look at Anxiety

As I have shared before, most of us experience some anxiety in our lives. We get anxious when we are running late, or maybe when we have a big project/assignment due. We might have some anxiety when we have an unexpected expense that impacts our budget. Or perhaps we are trying something new and, though we are excited, we are also a bit anxious. Anxiety can impact young and old alike. Some anxiety is reasonable and normal but there can be a darker and more troubling side to anxiety.

This article in Medical News Today provides lots of great information about everything from types of anxiety issues to ways to help prevent anxiety.

Work with horses can be a powerful intervention for those dealing with anxiety. The article talks about relaxation techniques, replacing negative thoughts with positive and getting exercise. Our clients learn and practice self-soothing/calming skills, such as deep breathing and visualization. The process of grooming their horse can be a soothing time of gentle repetitive motions. We encourage them, in times of stress or anxiety, to remember how it feels when they are with their horses and may even give them a picture of their horse to carry with them. Additionally, our clients get gentle exercise while leading, grooming and riding their horse.  And of course this does not even touch on the ‘therapeutic’ parts of the intervention.

I love the articles ‘Takeaway’ – “Anxiety itself is not a medical condition but a natural emotion that is vital for survival when an individual finds themselves facing danger” and this is part of the message we share with our clients. Being anxious or worried may be justified. What is important is how you deal with these feelings.

If you or someone you know struggles with life limiting anxiety, seek help. We are here to be a part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Call or email us and we can schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share with you how we may be able to help.

 

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Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy Scholarship Fund

Through a partnership with the For Kids Foundation, you can now make TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS to a N.E.A.T. Scholarship fund!

To donate, you can mail a check to: 834 Willow St, Reno, NV 89502 and put N.E.A.T. in the ‘for’ space on the check OR you can simply go to their website (https://forkidsfoundation.org/), or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ForKidsFoundation/ )and click on the ‘Donation’ button in the upper right hand corner and click in the box on the lower right side that indicates your donation is intended for N.E.A.T’s scholarship fund.

Your donation will help children and teens in Northern Nevada dealing with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues, find a path to a happier and healthier life through work with horses.

Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION will help kids and teens like ‘Angela’. Angela’s family was in a terrible car accident. A drunk driver hit them on their way home from visiting her grandparents. Her younger brother was killed and her mother was seriously injured and spent months in the hospital. It’s not surprising that Angela is experiencing a lot of anxiety. She has become clingy and needy. She does not like to leave her parents and struggles to do anything on her own. However, the lure of being able to work with horses has helped her take the first step towards recovery. She is slowly becoming more willing to try new things. She loves her horse Ruby, and is able to practice self-soothing and calming skills while working with Ruby. She is proud of herself and her parents are very proud of her too. The healing has begun.

ON BEHALF OF THE CLIENTS WE SERVE, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY.

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Helping Kids & Teen With Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Challenges

We are so happy to announce that, through a partnership with the For Kids Foundation, you can now make TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS to a N.E.A.T. Scholarship fund!

To donate, you can mail a check to: 834 Willow St, Reno, NV 89502 and put N.E.A.T. in the ‘for’ space on the check OR you can simply go to their website (https://forkidsfoundation.org/), or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ForKidsFoundation/ )and click on the ‘Donation’ button in the upper right hand corner. Add N.E.A.T. after your last name to indicate you want the funds to go to our scholarship fund.

Your donation will help children and teens in Northern Nevada struggling with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues, find a path to a happier and healthier life through work with horses.

Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION will help kids and teens like ‘Susan’. Susan was physically, verbally and sexually abused from a very early age. She was abandoned by her mom at 5, left in the care of her grandmother. Her grandma has health issues, but has tried to the do the best she can for Susan. Susan has struggled with anxiety. She has very poor boundaries and has experienced a lot of bullying. She was starting to show signs of succumbing to peer pressure and was beginning to make very poor choice ‘following the crowd’ when she started working with horses. Through work with horses, Susan has been able to open up and share her feelings about her fears and worries. She has been learning self-soothing/calming skills and has begun to set good boundaries with her horse. She is practicing considering the consequences of her decisions (before making them) and is beginning to see herself as a leader, rather than a follower. Susan has a brighter future because of her work with horses.

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL THOSE YOU WILL HELP!

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When Talk Therapy is Not Enough

Traditional talk therapy is incredibly helpful for many, many people struggling with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. However, we also need to recognize that it might not be the best/only intervention for everyone. Specifically, children and teens who have may have trouble articulating their feelings, or those who demonstrate a resistance to talking about their issues, may benefit from other, more ‘hands on’ programs.

This blog in the the fix – addiction and recovery, straight up takes a look at a couple of other therapy options that can help with healing.

We know from personal experience how work with horses can help. At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy children, teens and adults gain confidence while leading, grooming and riding their equine partner (the horse!) They build a relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation as they move through a variety of experiences. Working one-on-one with a Qualified Mental Health Associate, focused on the client’s specific goals, clients may learn about being a good leader, appropriately using levels of pressure, being a good communicator (and listener!) and so much more.

We are here to help. If you know someone who is struggling, give us a call or send us an email. We will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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EXCITING NEWS! N.E.A.T. now has a Scholarship Fund

We are so happy to announce that, through a partnership with the For Kids Foundation, you can now make TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS to a N.E.A.T. Scholarship fund!

To donate, you can mail a check to: 834 Willow St, Reno, NV 89502 and put N.E.A.T. in the ‘for’ space on the check OR you can simply go to their website (https://forkidsfoundation.org/), or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ForKidsFoundation/ )and click on the ‘Donation’ button in the upper right hand corner. Add N.E.A.T. after your last name to indicate you want the funds to go to our scholarship fund.

Your donation will help children and teens in Northern Nevada struggling with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues, find a path to a happier and healthier life through work with horses.

Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION will help kids and teens like ‘Paul’. Paul and his younger brother witnessed verbal and physical abuse of his mother for years. Mom finally found the strength and courage to leave when she began to fear their father would hurt her boys. The family lived in a shelter for a long time, but finally are in an apartment of their own. However, Paul continues to struggle. He has a very hard time managing his feelings. He can be defiant and disrespectful with adults and has been in trouble for fighting. Through work with horses Paul is learning that adults have important information that he needs to be safe and successful. He is learning how to be firm, fair and consistent in his interactions with his horse and others. And he is learning to be open and loving as he builds his relationship with his horse.

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL THOSE YOU WILL HELP!

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Why we Need to be Trauma Informed

Trauma has always been with us but in the past people struggling rarely received the help they needed to heal. The consequences were often devastating, not only for person who had suffered the trauma, but to those who loved and cared for them. Depression, violence and suicide were often the results. Angry, fractured relationships that just passed the trauma on.

The good news is that we are becoming more aware and are often able to provide special care for those who have experienced trauma. This OpEd piece in the Grand Rapids Herald Review talks about some of the changes that we are seeing in schools when the staff has been trained in ‘Trauma Informed Practices’. The bottom line is that those who have experienced trauma react and respond to things very differently and therefore, we must approach them differently.

We see it in our clients. Children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma. Neglect. Abuse. Violence. It changes people. But, work with horse can help those in pain find a path to a happier, healthier life. This ‘Special Bond’ is discussed an article in the Lifestyle section of America’s Best Racing. Though the article focuses mostly on programs for Vet’s the truth is that the very same things that make Equine Assisted Therapy so very helpful for Vet’s makes it a powerful intervention for anyone struggling with PTSD.

At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy we work with children as young as 4, teens, adults and even seniors (it is never too late to seek help!) Our Qualified Mental Health Associates and our wonderful herd of horses work as a team and focus on each client’s specific issues and goals. While helping our clients we also help caregivers come up with strategies that will make life easier for them and those in their care.

If you or someone you know are struggling with the aftermath of trauma, seek help. N.E.A.T. can be a powerful part of the treatment team. Call or email us and we will schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce the herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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What May Just Look Like Shyness Could Become a Problem

We have all seen the child who ‘hangs back’. Maybe they fret about going to school. Maybe they are resistant to going places or doing things. We may feel that they are simply ‘acting out’. They can be clingy and have few friends. Perhaps we think ‘they will out grow it’.

But as this New York Times article explains, ‘…when worrying or avoiding possible threats gets in the way of a child’s functioning or a child’s enjoyment, it should be a signal to parents that help is needed…’

The article goes on to talk about how ‘anxiety disorders are the “…most underrecognized or under-treated conditions of childhood and adolescence…” and because of this, children may be suffering.

It may not seem like a big deal when a child is ‘shy’ but if not addressed, anxiety can lead to feelings of isolation, a key component of depression and “…with rates of suicide and suicidal ideation on the rise, it’s particularly important to provide information to schools and to parents about recognizing anxiety and getting children help.”

The article concludes that if you believe your child/teen is struggling, seek help. “All these disorders are remarkably treatable,” Dr. Koplewicz (Dr. Harold Koplewicz, the president of the Child Mind Institute) said. “There are highly effective behavioral and psychosocial therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapies, to help children cope with the demands of daily life.”

Equine Assisted Therapy (Psychosocial Therapy – PSR) can be a powerful part of any treatment plan. We work closely with the therapist, building on their treatment goals by adapting them work with horses. If the goal is to ‘learn and practice self-soothing/calming skills’ we can do that! While working with the horse we have our clients work through any anxiety they may feel by using skills such as deep breathing and visualization. Since clients truly want to be with their horse, they are much more motivated to work on theses skills so that they can enjoy their time with their horse. Kids and teens who are anxious may have other issues, such as poor self-esteem/confidence and work with horses can help in this area as well as many others.

The bottom line, if your child or teen is struggling, seek help. We are here for you. Call or email and we will schedule a visit to the ranch. We will show you around, introduce the horses, learn more about the challenges you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

 

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