New Beginnings

New Beginnings is an experiential learning program and uses what is known as Equine-Assisted Learning to build a mutually rewarding and respectful relationship between horse and human.  Many studies of Equine-Assisted Learning have been shown to increase confidence, focus and a more even temperament or behavior, in those who participate. Being with and around horses, reduces stress and enables an individual to develop greater self-awareness, helping them to “get in touch.”

New Beginnings is not a therapeutic program in the medical sense.  We engage and partner with horses to help develop and improve person-to-person and horse-to-person relationships.  With the horse as a teacher and guide, 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 will 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.  Horses focus on the moment — the be here now idea.

Through New Beginnings, participants gain greater self-awareness, insight, and a deeper understanding of who and how we convey ourselves to others; the impression we give and the way we are present (or not).  New Beginnings will help participants gain new mental energy, improve leadership skills, achieve greater clarity of self and limit self-doubt while developing greater trust in those around you. 

New Beginnings is an exciting new program that Horse Haven Montana developed as one of our outreach and education projects.  Its goal is to help young individuals and adults create, cultivate and be inspired by the unique relationship and partnership that can take place with horses.  It is called the equine/human bond.  In the case of New Beginnings, most of our horses are rescue animals that have come out of sometimes challenging backgrounds.  The relationship that they can build 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 always be riding horses although you may mount and be led within a safe, secure arena as appropriate, and no prior horse experience is required.

Again – while not a “therapy” program, many say that the relationship we develop with horses has a therapeutic effect — a dramatic and positive impact on how we feel about ourselves and how we look at the world, how we communicate, and our own behavior, even when we are facing difficult or physical or mental challenges.

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Andy, learning to ride on his soon to be adopted horse Maverick

With specialized training in Equine Assisted Learning or Equine Experiential Education, Horse Haven Montana will offer 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 foundations, grants and individual donations grow, we hope to keep the participation fees for this program as affordable and low 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 or or call 406-880-0683.  Donations can be made online through Paypal or by check to:

Horse Haven Montana
New Beginnings
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.