New Beginnings is an experiential learning program and uses elements of Equine-Assisted Learning to build a nurturing, non-judgmental, rewarding and respectful relationship between horse and human. Many studies of Equine-Assisted Learning have been shown to increase self awareness, confidence, focus and a more even or relaxed temperament or behavior, in participants. Being with horses, helps to reduces stress and enables an individual to become more relaxed and “at peace.”
New Beginnings is not a therapeutic program in the formal sense. We engage and partner with horses to develop and improve person-to-person and horse-to-person relationships. With the horse as teacher, guide, and friend, and in many ways, the perfect interpreter of human emotions, horses help to inspire an open exchange within us, of heart and mind. Physically too, we become more aware of where we are in relation to a horse and how to move our bodies closer to or away from each horse.
With horses, there is immediate feedback to the person’s emotions and state of mind as well as body language. Horses sense, read and respond to all of this, which is why you may often hear the term, the horse is the mirror to the soul. They “read” us and they help us get in touch with our feelings, emotions, mindset, and any stress we may be experiencing. They are a great reflection of who and where we are emotionally. Horses focus on the moment — the be here now concept.
New Beginnings is an exciting new program that Horse Haven Montana developed as an outreach and education project. Our goal is to help young people and adults create, cultivate and be inspired by the unique relationship and partnership we can share with horses, also called the equine/human bond. With New Beginnings, most of our horses are rescues that have come from sometimes challenging backgrounds. The relationship that horses develop with a young person or an adult who may have come from an equally “challenged” environment, is often life-changing.
Please note: Participants will not usually ride horses although you may mount and be led within a safe, secure area as appropriate, and no prior horse experience is required.
With specialized training in Equine Assisted Learning or Equine Experiential Education, Horse Haven Montana offers special sessions that pair youth and adults with horses, helping to encourage the unique relationship that can be built between a big, strong animal like the horse and a person. Some of our horses come from a past that may include neglect, abuse, or other less than positive life experiences. Some may simply find themselves in need of a new home. The same may be true for a young person or an adult.
But the relationship that we can build with a horse — non-judgmental, honest, based upon trust, leadership and non-verbal communication, can heal a lot of wounds. From this unique human/animal relationship, incredible outcomes emerge. As members of the Equine Experiential Education Association, we are committed to this unique partnership and relationship process.
As charitable support grows, we hope to keep participation fees for this program as affordable as possible. Eventually, we hope to offer scholarships to make the program accessible to as many people as possible.
If you would like to learn more about the program, participate or donate to support New Beginnings or scholarships, your contribution is fully tax-deductible up to the law. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 406-880-0683. Donations can be made online through Paypal or by check to:
Horse Haven Montana
PO Box 599
Frenchtown, MT 59834
Horse Haven Montana founder/director Janet Rose is proud to be a member of the Equine Experiential Education Assn. and trained in Equine Assisted Learning.