Vision. Develop personal character in each student consistent with God’s unique, individual design, promoting self-acceptance, self-worth, and a true sense of belonging by providing equine-assisted learning experiences in which the spirit of a ... Read more
Vision. Develop personal character in each student consistent with God’s unique, individual design, promoting self-acceptance, self-worth, and a true sense of belonging by providing equine-assisted learning experiences in which the spirit of a horse touches the spirit of the student, giving hope for a bright future. Mission. Provide opportunities for each student to gain insights into life’s challenges through interaction with equine partners, equipping each student with Christ-centered life skills, and guiding each student through a decision process to promote beneficial, personal changes in their lives.
Spirit Song Youth Equestrian Academy is a Christ-centered, non-profit dedicated to equine-assisted life skills development in youth, adults, and organizations. We focus our efforts on the equipping of youth and adults. The heart of the learning is the horse/human connection. Solutions come from the participants, but our knowledgeable facilitators and horses guide the process. Because horses are prey animals, they are perceptive and acutely aware of their surroundings-exquisitely responsive in the moment. We incorporate equine herd culture and dynamics with the prey/predator paradigm to address participant strengths and challenges as observed by the horse. Inherent in the environment and social interactions, educational experiences with horses promote reflection that maximize engagement, participation, and, ultimately, learning. Spirit Song is Texas State certified to facilitate equine therapy for Youth Empowerment (YES) which forms a "wrap" around youth and their families. We contract with regional mental health organizations and have witnessed ongoing success in shifting student behaviors. Our success has included a family moving from South America to participate in our program. We have implemented our training methods in Singapore and have partnered with a foundation that addresses the redirection and repurposing needs in retiring ministers, military, and company executives assisting their transition to retirement through skills awareness and direction repurposing.