South Community: Who We Are
Equine Assisted Therapy & Social Skills Learning Experience
South Community, Inc. has partnered with Elliott Stables in Germantown, Ohio to provide Equine Assisted Therapy and Social Skills Training for at risk youth.
South Community, Inc. has partnered with Elliott Stables to provide an Equine Assisted Therapy and Social Skills Learning Experience Program. This program involves individual or group activities that require youth to apply social skills, creative thinking, non-verbal communication, problem-solving, confidence and leadership. The children that are referred are displaying problems of depression, self esteem, in-attention, anxiety or negative behaviors that are causing them difficulty in functioning in their homes, schools or communities. Many of the children have been exposed to violence or other trauma related issues.
Does it Improve the Lives of Youth?
Equine Assisted Learning groups are not horseback riding. The youth involved learn about themselves and others by participating in activities while interacting with the horses, then processing or discussing thoughts,
beliefs, behaviors and patterns.
Since the program’s existence, youth in this program have consistently
shown improvement in the areas of:
- Accepting responsibility
- Improving support of others
- Making good decisions
- Taking Responsibility
- Increase in self-esteem
Horses are social animals that have distinct personalities, moods, and attitudes. They are sensitive to non-verbal communication. All activities with our horses are designed to relate back to what is happening at home, school, work, relationships, etc.
Many of the horses used in the program are rescued by Elliott Stables from other farms who cannot afford to care for the horses, or from horse adoption agencies in the state of Ohio. The horses are given a second chance to life. The youth value the bond that is created with these animals and can relate to the horse’s struggles in life with their own experiences.