Sandy Hook Equine Assisted Therapy

Horse In an effort to help with the healing process of children, families, first responders and communities affected by the Newtown, Ct. tragedy, Zoar Ridge Stables (Sandy Hook, Ct.) and the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), have come together to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy free of charge to those in need. Embrace Hope - Sandy Hook Equine Assisted Therapy Foundation will become a permanent part of the Zoar Farm, and will provide funds and facilities for equine assisted mental health programs. EAGALA, which has trained over 8,000 individuals in 41 countries in this experiential modality since its founding in 1999 will provide the services by certified practitioners through Relatively Stable, an EAGALA Model organization.

The program revolves around client experimentation, problem solving, risk taking, employing creativity and finding best solutions that work best for them. The belief is that the client has the best solution for themselves which is the foundation of the EAGALA approach. All horse activities are solution-focused. The focus of nonverbal communication creates an awareness of how clients communicate and can promote change to healthy communication styles. Clients respond to unpredictability and inability to 'control' the horses and thus discover ways to make the relationship work. This develops a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. It also provides insight when dealing with intimidating and challenging situations in life. Clients find their own solutions through prepared exercises, with hands-on experience; they learn to rely on themselves. Clients also learn to trust by relying on the team and family members. All sessions are non mounted.

Embrace Hope - Sandy Hook Equine Assisted Therapy

A Trubute to Avielle Richman

Horse Our farm is mourning the tragic loss of 20 children in our community. These were kids who loved and visited our farm for birthday parties, field trips, camp activities and lessons; our hearts are truly broken. In this dark hour we choose to move forward, and we will lead our children out of the darkness on horseback.

Horses have a wonderful way of lightening a heavy heart. Therefore, in memory of Avielle Richman and her love of our farm and its horses, we are opening our doors to any child, who in the wake of this horror, needs to feel a little joy. Avielle’s joy radiated. She brought joy to me every tuesday afternoon, and her spirit will live on here.

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