Heroes, Horses and Hounds
All of our programs are developed and ready to go. The out reach programs, PT and OT will be starting in the spring when our animals are trained. The school programs will be starting in September. The other programs are ready to run as soon as a facility is available. Please contact Colleen if you would like to offer these programs at your facility!
Canine Assisted Programs and Services
PT and OT programs for hospitals. We are looking for hospitals who would like to offer healing programs for prosthetics, stroke, etc. Our miniature horses have been trained for service and therapy. They will allow people to work on fine motor skills by grooming, and dressing them up. They are trained for mobility allowing people to practice walking and can help steady people if they lose their balance. Walking a mini down the hall gives patients a fun goal to work towards and keeps them from feeling self conscious if people stare. We are happy to train specific tasks for individual patients or for the needs of the hospital program.
Reading Program and Therapy visits. We offer educational visits with our miniature horses to schools and libraries as well as visits for hospitals, foster homes, veteran, senior centers and nursing homes. Studies have shown that reading to animals improves the children's reading skills, lowers the hearts rate and boosts oxytocin (the happy hormone), improves healing, reduces depression, decreases the need of pain medication by half for chemo patients and helps improve mental sharpness. We are happy to offer these services for free but donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of gas and care of the animal.
Psychoeducational classes for alcoholism, addiction, PTSD, kids at risk, inmates, veterans and more. Our classes start with 2 sessions with a therapist learning the science behind the brain's response to trauma, addiction, rape, abandonment, abuse, etc. The person is then paired with a rescue horse being rehabed and trained. The person learns how to gain the horse's trust and how to train the horse from the ground up. They are involved in all aspects from vet care, ground work, starting under saddle and introducing the horse to new experiences and off the farm experiences. These classes allow the person to work through some of their own challenges without directly talking about and thinking about it.
Inmate trained rescue horses. This course has a few horses living at the jail, The inmates accepted into this program are fully responsible for the care and training of the horse. The inmate works closely with a horse trainer, learning how to gain the horse's trust, how to handle them safely and how to get them ready for their next home.These programs are very successful giving the inmate new skills, more compassion and self worth and reducing the return rate. This program can also be run in the juvenile corrections facilities.
Animal Assisted Therapy courses and after school programs.We offer full semester long, curriculum classes to colleges and vocational schools. Students will learn about the new field of Animal Assisted Therapy, how to train service and therapy animals, The different programs being run with animals and how to get started in the field. The class is a hands on, Students will be involved in all aspects of the business from developing and running programs, to fund raising and event planning to caring for and training the animals and bringing animals to out reach visits.
Train your own service and therapy horse
This class is offered to people wanting to train a miniature service or therapy horse or a full sized equine assisted therapy partner. We are also offering natural horsemanship training classes for people who want to learn how to train and ride using these methods.
Equine Assisted Programs and Services
Inmate and juvenile trained service dogs. We will rescue dogs that pass a service dog evaluation and place them with an inmate/juvenile for 8-12 months. The inmate/juvenile will work closely with a service dog trainer and learn how to train dogs for service. At the end of the 8-12 months the dog will be placed with a person in need. These programs have been running since 1981 and have been proven as the most successful rehabilitation program for inmates. The inmate learns a new skill, self worth, compassion and confidence. Giving them a better chance of finding a new path when they are released.
Veteran trained service dogs. We will rescue dogs that have passed a service dog evaluation and place them with a veteran returning from war while living on base. The veteran will work closely with a service dog trainer and learn how to train the dog for PTSD service. At the end of the training the veteran will be able to choose to keep the dog they trained as their own service animal or place the dog with another veteran in need. This program allows the returning veteran to get the benefits of a service dog while they are reacclimating to civilian life and have a dog trained for PTSD service by someone who has lived it and understand it best.
Train your own service/therapy dog. This program is for anyone in need of a service dog who can not afford the full price of a trained service dog but is willing and able to do the training themselves. We will evaluated dogs and have a list of approved dogs to choose from at local shelters/rescues/fosters or people can have their own pets evaluated.This class will consist of weekly training sessions until the dog is finished. At the end of class the dog will be tested as a service animal and registered if they pass.
Third Party Service. We will have a dog trained to preform third party service and will work with court rooms, psychologists, therapists, social workers, mediators, foster homes and schools to provide support for people having to talk about traumas they are recovering from. The dogs provide support and help lower blood pressure and anxiety levels. These programs are being used in many different facilities and are very successful.
Reading Programs and therapy visits.We offer educational visits with our trained third party service dogs to schools and libraries as well as visits for hospitals, foster homes, veteran, senior centers and nursing homes. Studies have shown that reading to animals improves the children's reading skills, lowers the hearts rate and boosts oxytocin (the happy hormone), improves healing, reduces depression, decreases the need of pain medication by half for chemo patients and helps improve mental sharpness. We are happy to offer these services for free but donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of gas and care of the animal.