A Wild Soul, when shared between horse and child, can grow into a lifelong bond, where loving and learning come together to create hope, dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Program
How it works
Wild Souls Ranch uses the equine experience as a tool for emotional growth and learning. The program is not just limited to the art of riding, but utilizes the task of caring for the horses and the bonds that form through this caring as a means to establish trust, respect, and responsibility. The goal of our program is to motivate, diminish anxieties, develop trust, learn self evaluation, increase self esteem, and develop or enhance socialization skills. Skills naturally evolve for a child who is eager to be with a horse because a horse is extremely "hands on". Because horses are bigger, respect happens naturally, and boundaries and limits make sense. It makes sense to a child to follow directions, do things in a logical sequence, work with the group, finish the job, focus on the task at hand, and trust those who have more expertise. As these critical skills are practiced, rewards for the child happen naturally.
Just like a horse embraces you with their love, strength, and support...
Wild Souls Ranch now offers intensive “Wraparound” services to children and youth at risk of placement in a higher level of care group home, and to their families. The Wraparound program is strength-based, family-driven, flexible and creative. Our unique equine focus addresses trauma, communication skills, attachment, healthy relationship building, and developing a sense of purpose and strong work ethic; all with the help of our herd of seven loving and supportive horses.
A family-based team addresses the needs of the entire family, not just the at-risk child. This family team consists of family members, family allies, and Wild Souls Ranch clinical facilitators, care coordinators, parent partners, and family assistants or youth partners.
The goal of wraparound is to divert youth away from out-of-home placement options by creating a safe and supportive environment for the youth to thrive in their local community and home.
Our wraparound treatment plan is tailored specifically based on the needs of the child and family and includes the following important therapeutic components:
· Individual therapy
· Family therapy
· 24/7 crisis response
· Equine Therapy
· Play Therapy
· Neuro feedback
· Parent partners and monthly parent support groups
· Monthly parent Equine Assisted Growth and Learning groups
· Respite Care
· Youth Mentors