there is no greater gift than helping another rise
The horse-human partnership has evolved over the years. Although horses have been bringing peace, joy and healing to us forever, we now live in a more enlightened time. We have evidence that forces us to re-evaluate our relationship and place trust in their very intuitive and conscious ways. Equine Assisted Learning, Coaching, Wellness & Psychotherapy has shown evidenced-based efficacy in helping people get greater results in life.
We are a unique, client-led equine assisted coaching practice in Rochester, Illinois. We partner with horses to help you reignite your fire, find your joy, fuel your purpose and passion, and navigate through stress so you can embrace life wholeheartedly. Horses have a natural awareness to energy and emotion which makes our approach a fresh and highly effective alternative or bridge to traditional emotional therapy.
PURPOSE OF PARTNERING WITH HORSES
Horses are magnificent teachers for those of us striving to live in the present moment to manifest our full potential. As prey animals they have a heightened sensitivity to the environment for their survival. Their innate ability to sense others energies gives them the beautiful gift of reflecting our personal strengths and struggles. Insights through the joint work of a coach and a horse can be revealing and life changing.
HORSES ARE HERD ANIMALS
Horses have an instinctual need to be safe. They are able to detect incongruences in people and require them to connect with their truth – a space where they can be peaceful, balanced and present with the moment. Horses help us become better people. Through simple, purposeful interactions with horses we find understanding in attitudes and behaviors that shape our own lives.
HORSES SPEAK SOFTLY
When we come to accept horses as partners and really learn to listen, we benefit from their wisdom. It is our doing nature that puts us in our heads and derails us from feeling what’s in our hearts – or simply being. Sharing space, breathing, observing and sitting in the moment with horses frees us from the mental chatter that holds us back. Within these moments insights surface that lead to guidance in personal healing.
HORSES ARE TEACHERS & HEALERS
Connection is what horses set us up for. The ability to connect with ourselves, the horses, and one another.
When we remain open to the messages of the horses, we can be stretched in many ways, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
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EQUINE ASSISTED COACHING
Spirit Horse Wellness Equine Assisted Coaching programs are dedicated to personal transformation through experiential learning and wellness in nature with horses. Coaching is a co-active process where the coach and client work together for personal transformation. We nurture the journey of healing self by working with individuals to develop skills necessary to grow and live a vital, joyful, integrated life. We approach our clients on level ground. The coach does not hold your answers, but rather guides you in discovery of that which has been outside of your awareness. What sets us apart is the partnership with horses. Our horses deepen the entire process with their keen intuition and soft nature.
In our programs, people experience physical and emotional benefits through riding and interacting with the horses, which can improve self-esteem, relationship skills and quality of life. The work is appropriate for people wanting to work on self-awareness or get past the unfinished business that is keeping them in stuck patterns of behavior, low self-esteem, conflict, or uncomfortable feelings. Once we are fully present in the here and now and we clean up the unfinished business in ourselves, we are able to take responsibility for our responses and actions with more excitement, energy and courage to live life directly. This allows us to have increased compassion, humility, and respect in our most important relationships in life.
Spirit Horse Wellness EAC:
Fosters patience and empathy
Deepens the ability to trust and relate to others
Increases control over frustration and anger
Develops a strong work ethic
Improves social and communication skills
Builds self-esteem and self-regulation
Leads to the trail of hope and healing
EQUINE ASSISTED WELLNESS
Our EAW team consist of a certified life coach and equine specialist and may include additional equine specialist(s) and volunteers depending on focus and class. Wellness with horses at HOPE is about increasing emotional and/or physical well-being through activities utilizing horses and their environment.
Increases Emotional Well-Being: programs incorporating centering, grounding, and connection stimulated from the rhythmic movement of riding a horse to increase and reorganize the connections in the brain and stimulate and balance internal energy which increases the body’s ability for emotion and impulse control. Participants naturally increase emotional well-being resulting from the release of endorphins fostering joy and peace stimulated during riding. Rhythmic Riding focuses on building connected relationships, developing self-regulation skills, and fosters relaxation, joy and peace.
Increasing Physical Well-Being: programs focusing on physical areas to increase flexibility, postural control, normalization of tone, improved balance and strength as well as increasing life skills in educational, cognitive, sensorial, social, emotional, and spiritual areas.
EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING
Our EAL team consist of a certified life coach and equine specialist and may include additional specialist(s) and volunteers depending on the number of students and individual needs. Learning with horses at HOPE fosters personal growth and development of life skills. This is an experiential (hands on) mode of learning where students are involved in activities with horses increasing social, emotional, mental and behavioral skills. This process is about building connected relationships, experiencing, being creative, exploring, problem solving, and discovering practical applications of what they are learning in the moment.
EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
Our EAP team consists of a licensed Mental Health professional and a certified Equine Specialist. Therapy with horses at HOPE is about being able to create and maintain a connected relationship. Our therapy utilizes both the physiology and psychology of the horse to heal the physiology and psychology of the human. This experiential therapy gets beyond simply talking about challenges and instead participants learn by doing, often reaching positive change more quickly than through traditional therapy approaches.
WHO WE SERVE
HOPE offers individual and group programming for children, adults, women, senior citizens, and veterans for social, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual well-being. Individuals from all different backgrounds and ages can benefit. Common reasons people seek our services include:
life skill development
goals & vision
stress & overwhelm
depression & anxiety
body image & self love
coping skill development
relationships & marriage
unclear life direction
empty nest & retirement adjustment
grief & loss
HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center offers open enrollment throughout the year, participants are able to join at any time. There will be no sessions December-January however, participants can enroll during this time. During the school year we follow Rochester’s district schedule for breaks, holidays, regular scheduled closed days, and emergency weather closings.
We are located in a peaceful setting on Black Branch Creek just 1 mile north of the city limits of Rochester, Illinois and only 10 minutes east of Springfield, Illinois. Visitors and farm tours are welcome by appointment, if you would like to schedule a time to visit the ranch we would love to hear from you! Please contact Kimber at email@example.com to schedule a visit.
HOPE CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 242. Rochester. IL. 62563
Physical Address: 2590 N. Walnut Rd. Rochester. IL. 62563
Directions: Head north out of Rochester on north Walnut Rd past the high school, go 1 mile the road will make a 90 degree turn to the left, instead of turning continue straight and enter HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center.