As prey animals, horses are nervous around angry, loud people who are acting out their unhappiness — as many at risk youth are.
“Whatever!” isn’t needed. Horses respond to and mirror non-verbal behavior. So they are perfect partners in programs for at-risk youth.
When you get yourself undercontrol and can control a 1200 pound animal, you can become a master of your own future.
Whether a resident of a youth shelter or a participant in foster care or an alternative school or a witness to family violence, the right horse can make a difference in the life of a young person struggling to find better skills to build a better life.