Heartland Haven Foundation was founded to afford people from all walks of life the opportunity to experience the healing energy of horses in a safe, loving, and peaceful environment. We are dedicated to offering Equine Assisted Therapy to a variety of mental health conditions, disorders, and major life events.
What is Equine Assisted Therapy?
Equine Assisted Therapy is an opportunity for individuals to experience self-discovery in the presence of a horse. It is an experience that enables a person to shift from internal confusion and conflict in to a greater sense of creativity and genuine personal alignment and growth.
Horses are keenly intuitive and attuned to people’s slightest
expressions and energetic or emotional shifts. A horse’s inherent
gentle nature, curiosity, and desire to work within a herd or
community will cause a horse to seek connection, even with people.
Horses reflect truth of the present moment. They do not judge or
think in terms of “right and wrong”. Therefore, they will consistently
mirror back to a person the variations of the ripple effect their inner
dialog is having on them and others in their surrounding
Who is the ideal participant for this type of therapy?
Almost anyone can participate and benefit from this work. Research shows that
Equine-assisted activities are an appropriate therapeutic approach for children,
teens, adults, families, and groups. Most participants in Equine Therapy benefit
from the unconditional acceptance offered by the horses they work with.
What does a session look like?
Sessions are tailored specifically for the
group’s/individual’s needs. It may be as simple as
interacting in a round pen, grooming, or having a horse
walk over a pole, or as challenging as creating an obstacle
course and getting the horse to move through the
obstacles. The coach/therapist provides support, feedback
and insight as needed throughout the process.
Why Equine Assisted Therapy?
Many who have experienced Equine Assisted Therapy say that the
insights it gave them can feel like years of intense therapy squeezed in
to a single 20-minute session! Participants are not only able to
perceive their own internal patterns in a profound way but are also
given a chance to practice implementing a genuine shift in their
behavior. The interaction between horse and human often unlocks
blocked emotions, allowing them to be processed and healed.
What can participants expect to gain?
A significant decrease in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, or disconnection from others
A significant increase in trust, safety, intimacy, power/control, and self-esteem
Experiential action-based learning in an environment that promotes comradery and fellowship
Learning basic horsemanship skills such as grooming, leading, catching, and handling
Apply for Support
Are you interested in participating in Equine Assisted Therapy for yourself
or for a particular Outreach Program? Select the link below to apply.
Once your application has been completed, you will be contacted within 48 hours.