Heaven Can Wait - Equine Sanctuary for Healing and Learning
Horse Power for Everyone (HoPE)
Spending time with horses; handling them, brushing them, meditating, sitting quietly in their presence, journaling or making art, can enhance current therapies for a variety of physical and emotional circumstances, including depression, abuse, boundaries, substance abuse, and all levels of stress, fear, grief, and pain.
"Having a place to go where you are welcomed no matter how sick you feel, where you are supported and loved no matter how little you can give back, soaking up the peace and calm of the natural surroundings and the love of horses and their focus and ability to tune into our illness, hopes and fears… it all works in unison for me when I am there, so strongly that my pain goes away and my identity as a cancer survivor goes away - for that hour or so [when I work with the horses], I feel like a healthy, happy individual who has never been touched by such a devastating illness."
Beverly Hausner, Inspiration for HOrse Power for Everyone
Horse Power for Everyone helps you:
Both the American Physical Therapists Association and the American Occupational Therapists Association recognize the effectiveness of Equine Assisted Therapeutic Activities.
The communities we serve include:
How the Horses and Donkeys Can Help You
Healing and Wellbeing: Reduced anxiety and stress, allowing the body to focus more energy on recovery
Reduced Pain: Service animals have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the perception of pain.
Trust: Learning to trust a horse aides in developing and restoring trust for those whose ability to trust has been violated.
Reduced Anxiety: Through grooming and other activities with a specific horse, you can set aside your worries by focusing on the care of another life.
Self-Acceptance: Being in the presence of horses, watching them express their individuality in their interactions with another helps us gain personal insight and a healthier sense of self.
Social Skills: A positive relationship with a horse is often a first, safe step toward practicing the social skills needed for closer relationships with people.
Assertiveness and Boundaries: Communicating effectively with a horse requires you to demonstrate assertiveness, direction, and initiative. Healing takes place as you begin to realize that the horse, although physically powerful, typically operates within the boundaries of a mutually respectful relationship.
Creative Freedom: Abuse, illness, stress, and the demands of daily life can cause us to lose spontaneity. The playful aspects of equine behavior can help restore spontaneity and the ability for healthy recreation and play.
Please contact Susan Schwartz to schedule your appointment. Groups welcome. 805-368-5702 / email@example.com
HoPE is not a substitute for medical and mental health care, but it can be an important addition to your care and therapy.