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The mission of The Soaring Eagle Ministries and Ranch is to minister love and hope to children in crisis.
We accomplish this mission through our "Horse as Healers" program. This program brings children together with horses to help facilitate in the healing, recovery, and restoration process. The goals of the "Horses as Healers" program are to:
- Diminish anxieties
- Develop trust
- Promote self-confidence
- Develop positive self-esteem
- Understand anger issues
- Develop nurturing skills
- Practice self-evaluation
- Build communication skills
- Motivate one's self
Our "Horses as Healers" program's success is only measured by the individual accomplishments of those we strive to help. Our program consists of a weekly two-hour session that is designed to meet the individual needs of each child.
The first thirty minutes of each lesson is spent grooming and caring for the horses. This activity helps teach the children responsibility and develops a deep bond between horse and rider based upon trust. It also assists in diminishing anxieties, fosters safe behavior, as well as nurturing the child's soul. After grooming the horses, the children spend fifteen minutes learning about the tack (blanket, saddle, bridle, etc.) and how to put it on the horse.
Each child receives an hour of time on the horse's back. It is during this time that we stress communication, self-evaluation, promotion of self confidence, building of self-esteem, and also working through any anger or anxiety issues. We accomplish this with activities like having the children ride their horse around the arena and/or trail while giving the horse commands, navigating their horse through an obstacle course, and mounted trust stretches.
The final fifteen minutes are spent removing the tack from the horses and rewarding them with a brush down and a much anticipated treat.
Through a child's participation in our "Horses as Healers" program they learn to trust, care, and love their horse. It is our prayer that as they attend these sessions the children will begin to heal from the issues they face and learn that they can trust again, know that they are going be cared for, and know that they are loved by God, our staff, and our equine angels.
- Beth Seime
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