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Stable Moments® is a mentorship program designed for foster and adopted youth who have experienced early developmental trauma using equine assisted learning to facilitate life skill growth. Each child is matched with one horse and one community mentor, for one hour, once a week, for 10 months.

The philosophy of Stable Moments® is to utilize the therapeutic interaction of horses with the one-on-one time of a Stable Moments® mentor, to teach these children how to communicate with their horses through body language, energy, and pressure.

This is a non-riding program. We focus on groundwork-based interaction that helps them develop a greater capacity for empathy, social, and self-awareness. We meet the children where they are at by understanding their experience and helping them develop their self-worth, sense of purpose, decision-making abilities, executive functioning, and self-regulation skills. As time goes on, the routine of working with horse and mentor helps the children apply this into their own lives as they start to find successes in their home, school, and community environments.

Cedar Springs Ranch operates with Natural Horsemanship that uses the herd psychology of pressure and release. Without the release, horses would learn nothing. This same philosophy is applied to these children’s lives. Learning how pressure and release works for their horses aids them in understanding how they can learn to release their pressures of life. The horses in this program provide the alternative sentient being who they can establish a partnership with through trust. This type of relationship is the start of establishing and building more stable connections with others, one Stable Moment at a time.

Contact Program Director

Kelly Balsewicz
Stable Moments Program Director
Cedar Springs Ranch
(414)-688-7244
[email protected]

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