Is your teen facing the challenges of life in a way that is causing struggle?
A horse can open the door to communication.
1200lbs of Pure Compassion will Show Up for Your Kid
Re-Envision Life through the Eyes of a Horse
Horses do not judge. Their lessons are not shouted in anger or given without connection. When you are struggling for words, horses know what you’re trying to say. They listen and they understand on a level our humanity is at times unable to connect with.
Teens and Horses
Horses have the most graceful, wise and dare I say, simple, way of meeting people right where they are. They see us for what we are on the inside through non-judgemental, curious eyes. Teens resonate with this, desperately crying out for the world to see and accept them for who they are, right here, right now. Horses are acutely attuned to the energy and emotion of humans. It’s how they have survived for thousands of years! Horses provide real time, immediate feedback to the changes we make in their presence as well as in between our interactions with them. This real time feedback offers teens the opportunity to gain awareness and greater understanding of their emotions and feelings right here, right now. What a teen may be struggling to describe using words, the horse is able to understand and communicate, non-verbally, bringing meaning to those thoughts, emotions and feelings that were at one point all jumbled and knotted up. Through all of this, our teens gain coping skills and a depth of personal awareness that can propel them forward toward a positive and fulfilling future.
The End Result
After working with the horses utilizing EGCM, teens are offered the feeling of being more grounded, calm, centered and at peace – what we all crave! This state of groundedness offers our teens the ability to focus, learning more readily and easily. The horses also support the teen in improving their emotional expression and self regulation of their emotions, thoughts and feelings. Teens walk out of the round pen with a greater sense of control, empowerment, improved self-esteem, stronger boundaries, leadership skills and awareness, not to mention the horses help reduce anxiety. Research done by Ellen Kaye Gehrke, PhD, showed a reduction in heart rate variability between horses and humans = a boost in serotonin (our happy hormone). Suffice to say, the kid that steps into the round pen with a horse, is not the same kid that steps out.
Help Your Teen Find Freedom
Specialized Coaching Services
Equine Assisted Coaching
Groups can and are formed upon request.
Workshops and Courses
What Drives Me
My Work with Teens
Okay, I’ll admit it, “I love working with teenagers!” There, I said it! When so many would rather skip over the teenage years, running for the hills as adolescence begins to move in, screaming in terror, I run headlong towards these kids!
Today, more than ever, teenagers are facing extreme pressures, doing their best to navigate a highly technological age with an inadequately stocked tool box and incomplete skill set. Our teens are being asked Master’s Degree questions with a kindergarten education and paying dearly for it, at times, paying with their lives.
I have heart for working alongside these incredible individuals, supporting them in their quest to increase their skill set, adding arrows to their quiver and stocking their tool boxes through the work we do with our equine partners.
I receive the humbling gift of observing as these teens begin to learn to dance in the rain, discovering their own personal resilience as they learn to weather life’s storms with grit seasoned by grace, stepping into the world as more healthy, whole, young adults.
Receiving this letter from Health at The Ranches was a humbling experience. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with this amazing organization and impact the lives of the kids — and, to be honest, they have changed my life as well.