Equine-Assisted Therapy Program
Time Out Foundation’s Equine-Assisted Therapy Program relies on the unique healing qualities of horses to give children the strength, courage, and confidence they need to overcome life’s challenges. The horses, in their own quiet way, foster in the children a sense of trust, kindness, and compassion. They allow children to be leaders, and in their own actions, show them the value in forgiveness. Working with horses builds character. For many of the children who come through this program, their experience in the barn and in the saddle offers life-lessons they will never forget.
The horses at Time Out Foundation have all been rescued from previous lives of neglect, abandonment, or abuse. They arrive at the farm in disrepair, and often require significant time and care before they’re ready to accept their new quarters. These “green” horses are “gentled” at the hands of Time Out Foundation’s professional trainers, and by the touch of those children who want to help, and gradually settle into the daily rhythm that defines their new life.
Children in the equine-assisted therapy program easily relate to the horses and almost always develop deep and lasting bonds with their new companions. They learn to read equine body language, and see how it mirrors their own behavior. They learn to groom, care for tack, muck stalls, and ride. The horses become their friends, and each experience builds on the last until horse and child become practically inseparable. The therapists and volunteers who work with us have received professional training through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International).