A Bit About Us
This is God's work and we're just lending a hand.
For over 35 years we have experience how caring for horses and developing a relationship with them naturally affects the people involved in a positive way. Those who are familiar with horses recognize and understand their ability to influence people in amazing ways.
People tend to gain valuable knowledge and insight about themselves and others by engaging with the horses. We assist them in processing or exploring their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Utilizing the horse experientially can promote emotional growth, learning and healing.
Like people, horses are social animals and prefer to be with their peers. They have defined roles within their herd, and these herd dynamics remarkably resemble the family. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods; an approach that works with one horse won't necessarily work with another. At times they may seem stubborn or defiant, but they also like to have fun. Engaging with the horse can provide countless opportunities for learning and gaining new insight.
Intimidating to many, the horse is very large and powerful. This by its very nature created an opportunity for some to overcome fear and build confidence. Working alongside a horse can provide wonderful insight and can help people develop skills to help them deal with other intimidating and challenging situation in life.
Horses are authentic and respond immediately and honestly. They will mirror human body language and emotion, which makes them especially effective messengers. Being an animal of prey, horses are very vulnerable and see people as potential predators. Consequently people must earn their trust and respect in order to connect.
Relationship patterns unfold during this process; relationship to self, others, and the world at large. People learn that a change in their approach to the horse in a helpful way can produce a more desired outcome, and both rewarded instantly. Interactions with the horses occur at your own pace, and riding is not part of the encounter. The horse remains free to provide this immediate and authentic response to what is happening.
Helping people develop skills for healthier living such as overcoming fears, setting boundaries, enhancing communication skills, establishing trust, and identifying and coping with feelings comes through working with the horses. Experiencing change in a hands-on way can challenge people to look at themselves and the world in a new way.
No prior horse experience is necessary. Treatment goals are addressed through purposeful ground-based activities.
IT'S ABOUT HEALING.
IT'S ABOUT RESTORATION.
IT'S ABOUT TRANSFORMATION.
Robert, Lucienda & Shalise Moehnke
" Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."