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post #11 of 27 Old 12-25-2015, 06:49 PM
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Providing the horses can make a real difference in someone's life.....when we moved here 4 years ago, we met our little 11 yr old, horse crazy neighbor child. Invited her over, of course, and she has turned into my right hand girl. It turns out(before we met) she was having some pretty severe emotional issues (turns out to be Asberger's), but she is no longer having those problems.

Having the horses to absorb her negative energy, provide immediate positive feedback, and going home dead tired and able to sleep havehad such a positive influence. She no longer has outbursts, texture/feeling problems, phobias, etc. She is able to relate to others her own age.
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post #12 of 27 Old 12-28-2015, 01:17 AM
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Make sure you protect yourself regarding liability in the case someone gets injured. Where I am from therapeutic riding stables are strictly regulated. I think that your desire to do this and for no charge shows what a big heart you have. Just make sure you cover all your bases. This coming from a long time horse owner, used to volunteer at a therapeutic barn, and now the mother of a physically disabled son.
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post #13 of 27 Old 01-06-2016, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the advice. I am filing my articles of incorporation this Friday. I am planning on letting God and the horse do the therapy I never suggested I would try to analize anyone. I never said "just" riding lessons. I never asked for suggestions on how to pay for anything so the financial aspect is no one's business but my own. I am having a very hard time writing this because I am not here to start an arguement or hurt anyone's feelings but when someone puts theirself out there like I did you need to remember what this forum is for. I asked for suggestions on PROGRAMS. Not your opinoins on if this would work or not.

I have found my answer in California with a woman who is doing exactly what I am attempting and I will be following her program.

Thank you to those of you who wish me well. God is in Control.
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post #14 of 27 Old 01-06-2016, 05:36 PM
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You cannot let "God" and horses solely do therapy, that would be unethical. They may be important KEYS in therapy, but you cannot open up huge wounds and expect someone else to take care of it.
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post #15 of 27 Old 01-06-2016, 06:45 PM
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Suer the thing is most of are not mental health experts and those who know about horse riding know about it more so just as a skill in that field not about its potential interactions and links with teaching and training horse riding to others.

That's why many suggested that you could look toward further training through the contacts you've already got in the industry. To build your own understanding up, even if just in theory, so that you've got more idea yourself of how best your teaching can help support those you wish to help.
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post #16 of 27 Old 01-09-2016, 03:28 PM
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I think being around animals is therapy enough. You don't need to talk to your students about their mental health issues- that is between them and whatever doctor/therapist they are seeing. I don't see why you would "need" certification in a mental health field, unless you are planning on offering free counseling as well.

Look up Amazing Acres on Facebook. They are a therapeutic riding facility in a very small town called Lake Butler. They only have a handful of horses- that is all they need to run a small program. If you have any questions, feel free to send them a message on Facebook. They are very nice people. Sometime they bring the horses to visit schools or have the kids "read" to the horse as part of the Black Stallion Literacy project.

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Be sure to have liability insurance that covers horse related accidents.
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post #17 of 27 Old 01-10-2016, 06:01 PM
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Maybe you could contact a mental health professional in the locality and talk to them about how to avoid things making worse. You could ask them if their clients use therapeutic riding and if any do, what type of program tends to work best as a whole, What differences should be made for people with different issues, eg, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD.
I think that what you plan to do is great.
It would be amazing if you could get a mental health expert onboard.

Something to keep in mind, a lot of us don't do mornings due to the sleepy effects of medication.
You could get them to keep a journal, as suggested. Encouraging them to write about the lesson, how they feel about the horse etc. It would help them to realise how beneficial keeping a journal is when you have mental problems. :)

I have mental health issues they were definitely much better before I lost my horse.
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post #18 of 27 Old 01-10-2016, 06:04 PM
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I think being around animals is therapy enough. You don't need to talk to your students about their mental health issues- that is between them and whatever doctor/therapist they are seeing. I don't see why you would "need" certification in a mental health field, unless you are planning on offering free counseling as well.

Look up Amazing Acres on Facebook. They are a therapeutic riding facility in a very small town called Lake Butler. They only have a handful of horses- that is all they need to run a small program. If you have any questions, feel free to send them a message on Facebook. They are very nice people. Sometime they bring the horses to visit schools or have the kids "read" to the horse as part of the Black Stallion Literacy project.

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I wouldn't say that being around animals is therapy enough, I owned my pony for 6 years and struggled constantly with my mental health.
Though, I do agree that counselling should only be given by a professional.
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I wouldn't say that being around animals is therapy enough, I owned my pony for 6 years and struggled constantly with my mental health.
Though, I do agree that counselling should only be given by a professional.
I think she means in conjunction with other therapies.
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post #20 of 27 Old 01-13-2016, 06:07 PM
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If you incorporate, the Revenue Agency will be looking for tax monies unless you register as a charity. Have you looked into insurance and will the ins. company want to know your qualifications. "God and the horses" won't cut it with them.



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