Chelsea Best

April 2, 2017
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Building Confidence and Life Skills through Equine Programs

As a young teenager, Katie seemed a little shy and unconfident. She often walked with her shoulders slouched and her eyes down. Katie had been introduced to horses before her arrival at Heritage, so when she came to Heritage, she was interested in working in the equine therapy program. Katie often struggled with social interactions with people around her, but really enjoyed spending time with the horses. She liked to groom and talk to them, and enjoyed learning to ride. In the beginning, Katie lacked confidence in riding. She was unbalanced, she continued to slouch her upper body when riding, […]
November 7, 2016

The Power of ‘Adopt a Horse’ For Students Who Struggle with Attachment

It was late one afternoon, and Jimmy, a student in the equine therapy program at Heritage, was spending time with his adopted horse, Scout. He was teaching Scout to be comfortable with the body clippers. He had been working on this task for weeks—little by little gaining Scout’s trust. He was showing a great deal of patience and concern for his horse. He wanted his horse to feel safe, and to be comfortable with the task. As time went by, Scout let him get closer to him with the clippers turned on. Then he let him touch him on the […]
June 1, 2016
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Using Horses to Help Teens Manage Their Moods

Approximately 14.3 percent of youth in the United States struggle with mood disorders (youth.gov). These disorders can lead to a variety of other behaviors—acting out, substance abuse, trouble in school, promiscuity, self-harming behaviors, withdrawing, violence, and more. Having a teenager who struggles with any type of mood disorder can take a real toll on parents. Many people may not know that finding help for their struggling teen may be as simple as putting them in touch with one of nature’s best and most natural therapists—the horse. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of mood disorders and bipolar […]
March 23, 2016
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Easing Symptoms of ADHD through Equine Therapy

In today’s day and age it isn’t uncommon to be distracted by media, technology, busy schedules, and the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced world. For some it is difficult to escape from these distractions and to avoid the effects they may have. Millions of people in today’s society are living with a disorder that makes it difficult to focus and to control impulses. This disorder is called attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and it can be a challenging disorder to live with. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of ADHD today is rising at an alarming rate. The […]
February 4, 2016
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How Equine Therapy Can Benefit Troubled Teens

Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Horses can have a profound effect on just about anyone. It has often been said that horses are a mirror to our souls. Due to the incredible nature and ability horses have to mirror and touch the souls of those that work with them, the use of horses in therapy is becoming more and more popular.  Horses can help people to overcome fears, gain confidence, learn self-control, focus their attention, build relationships, and develop new skills—in a way […]

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