We began this journey in June 2021 when we decided to bid on two wild mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management. We picked up both girls on September 17, 2021 and they were untouched and very afraid. Being able to build a relationship with both of them and to earn their trust was humbling. The journey of taming a horse is similar to healing from trauma. Studies have shown the benefits of Equine therapy. Just grooming a horse lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels.
When it comes to children studies have shown significant benefits with emotional regulation, self-control, empathy, and communication skills. Horses have the ability to enter a relationship without judgement. Horses can sense how a human is feeling and we've seen both these horses react gently to human emotion.
Horses are prey animals, so their first response is fight, flight, and freeze. They are not able to communicate verbally, but have a great amount of non-verbal cues to help keep their herd safe. This has been shown to be beneficial to children who aren't quite ready to open up all the way. Learning how a horse communicates and being able to recognize and understand helps the relationship between client and horse. Working with horses requires learning how to be calm and is often the first step towards positive change for our clients!
The first step is to feel safe and to build trust
Every journey begins with a single step
Both of them were curious about everything
Why horses? And why mustangs?
A key therapeutic strategy of Triple H Ranch is the use of equine therapy. Equine therapy has become known as an effective avenue to reach people’s emotional areas they have guarded or didn’t realize were blocked from them, due to their past. Equine therapy occurs in many treatment programs across the U.S.
Triple H Ranch has built its equine program around the North American Wild Mustang in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Wild mustangs have spent most of their lives untouched by humans and have for centuries, been able to hone their ability to read their environment in order to survive. When humans enter their environment, mustangs sense if they are calm and balanced, or troubled and on-edge. They sense and react to the emotional presentation as well as the inner feelings that may not outwardly be demonstrated. Using the wild mustang as a partner in the therapeutic process, raises the bar of the equine therapy experience.