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post #1 of 5 Old 06-24-2013, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Barn Name Needed

we are going to start up a group/barn for kids that are pushed away by others because they are different(disabled, homosexual, suicidal, etc.) and that just want to learn and spend time with horses. we talked about it a lot and grandpa really likes the idea of us putting the horses and ponies to a good use that aren't used much by us anymore. but we need a name for the group/barn or "stable" as my grandpa calls it. any ideas??

It may not be easy getting there, but once your there you relise it was worth it.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-24-2013, 05:59 PM
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I think its a good idea but be careful. When you start getting groups that have feelings of being ostracized you can get into some real stuff real quick. If you don't have a psychologist on staff or on call you probably should. Kids that are suicidal (and adults) can be a challenge because those feelings can have a complex origins. Which can make it hard when you can't protect them from themselves, particularly when you feel like that was your goal. A staff therapist would be a good idea if one is not already in place. If you are already qualified or have those in place than I am sorry for making a false assumption. I would also check out your insurance as far as that goes. Special needs kids sometimes carry a certain amount of liability.

As far as names well I at one point had female rabbits named jumping jerry, leaping larry, hopping harry and one male rabbit named Al. So, clearly names and sexing rabbits are not my strong suit.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-25-2013, 06:01 AM
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That's a really cool idea :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-25-2013, 07:55 AM
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I agree, you really need to check into insurance! God forbid anyone get hurt and they say there here for some "therapy" that's going to be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

And I second the therapist! You really need more then good intentions to meet the needs of various populations. If your going to be dealing with people with disabilities you'd better know about that disability, especially if their physical health come into play! For anyone with or with potential mental health issues you NEED a psychotherapist on staff! Things do, can, and absolutely WILL come up. If your dealing with at risk youth (gang members, kids heading down the "wrong path") you must have staff thats knows when to press, when to back off and most importantly not afraid to back down from them.

I really suggest you check out the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association or EAGALA for short. Through the organization you can become certified to do equine assisted learning (EAL) which is character education and equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) which is actually psychotherapy using horses to illicit certain situations, behaviors or circumstances. It's really interesting work! They have all sorts of standards you have to meet, and for good reason. You can get help for anything from finances to advice on sessions. It's a really GREAT organization and I've seen it change a lot of lives!
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-25-2013, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys, we are going to get everything like the above after we are for sure that this is what we want to do with the barn and have everything fixed up and ready to go, meaning the barn completely built and painted, the pasture to seperate my 4h horses from the ones that the kids can use, etc.

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