It has been observed that teens
who ordinarily shun physical
and emotional closeness
with other people often accept
it from an animal.
CrossRoads Youth Ranch
occasionally rescues abused and
These animals take extra care; providing ample opportunity for our Teens to nurture as they are loved unconditionally in return.
Effective communication with a horse involves patience, understanding, attention, forgiveness, confidence, responsibility, self-control, empathy, mutual trust, and consistency... just to name a few...
Every four-legged therapist is a priceless part of our program. Even with the generous In-Kind donations of feed, vet care, tack, etc their are continual expenses that must be provided.
Won't you consider a monthly sponsorship of one of our four-legged therapist today?
Perhaps you could join with your 4-H club, Sunday/Sabbath School Class, family or friends to help provide the healing in horse hair!
The Average Monthly Cost Per Horse is $300
You can choose full or partial sponsorships:
Each Teen has the full responsibility for "their" horse while living at CrossRoads. This helps to foster the bond that provides for the layers of healing necessary while facilitating many life lessons.
Being a prey and herd animal our four-legged therapists are hyper vigilant and sensitive, thus making them keen observers. This means that their feedback is provided earlier and more consistently than with humans.
With their innate tendency to mirror behavior, physical movements and emotions, they help "their girl" to be more aware of herself and to “feel understood”.
This feedback and mirroring are just an example of the many crucial therapy elements which help the Teen heal while increasing self-esteem and self-confidence.
Because horses react only to behavior and emotions and are not biased by physical appearance or past choices, the Teen is allowed to interact in a completely non-judgmental framework.
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