Hozho Equine Center
Hozho: interconnectedness between beauty, harmony and goodness in all things physical and spiritual that results in health and well-being for all things and beings.
WHO WE ARE
We also provide corporate and team building programs to help build awareness of self and others, create vision, purpose and team cohesion. Our community programs focus on equine education, horsemanship and care in addition to character building and community connectedness.
WHAT WE DO
We provide individual equine assisted counseling, group and individual horsemanship as well as several types of community programs. Our horses are the central part of every program and provide a healing and educational experience for our clients. Our clinicians are licensed to provide therapy to children, teens and adults.
Horses offer unique traits that have come to make them a top choice for animal-assisted therapies. Horses bring the following unique elements to the therapy process:
- Non-Judgmental and Unbiased: Having the horse present during a therapy session offers a sense of peace, as they only will react to the client’s behavior and emotions with no threat of bias or any judgment of their emotional experience.
- Feedback and Mirroring: Horses are keen observers, vigilant and sensitive to movement and emotion. They often mirror a client’s behavior or emotions, conveying understanding and connection that allows the client to feel safe. This also allows for clients to maintain a sense of self-awareness, using the horse’s behavior and interactions for feedback and opportunities to check in and process what is happening in the moment.
- Managing Vulnerability: The horse can offer a reference point to use for processing emotional challenges, past experiences or life transitions. If something feels too painful to speak of, it can feel a bit easier for clients to process using the horse as an example, or to align their experience with the horse’s experiences in the moment. Externalizing the content in this way can make things easier to approach and process through.
- Empathy and Connection: Learning horsemanship and horse care increases empathy, understanding and connection to something outside of ourselves. Increasing our ability to care for and understand horses decreases internal anxiety, improves social skills and problem solving skills as well as self-confidence.
Our team specializes in treating the following areas of clinical concern: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Substance Abuse Recovery, Emotional awareness, Assertiveness, Social skills, Confidence, Trust in self, Trust in others, Empathy, Impulse control, Problem-solving skills. Developing and maintaining relationships.
Our clinicians work with Children, Teens, Adults, Veterans and First Responders. Each session is set at our Equine Center in Andover, NJ. Session length is 1 hour and scheduled by appointment with your clinician.
COMMUNITY EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Our staff offers activities tailored to the ability level and ages of your group (schools, scouts, clubs, and senior citizens). Learn about responsibility, teamwork, and social skills in an inclusive environment. Activities may include making treats or feeding, grooming and tacking, leading a horse through an obstacle course. We specialize in Girl and Boy Scouts, Home School Groups, Community Clubs and Senior Citizen Groups.
TEAM BUILDING & COACHING
Our team of Certified Coaches and Equine Specialists can help you grow your team, improve communication, productivity or integrate new team members with effective leadership. The Hozho Equine Center offers a fully customizable leadership coaching program using the powerful feedback from our horses. We offer group team building, group and individual coaching.
Horses offer unbiased feedback. Often groups will be assigned activities to complete in the arena with the untethered horses. Since horses read intentions and energies effectively and will have an agenda of their own, interesting interactions can take place. Often groups will label certain horses as employees, peers or themselves. It’s like looking at a mirror –it can show you the parts that need to change. No horse experience is needed and there is no riding for most programs.
Until a person can learn how to lead his or herself effectively, they will never be able to lead others effectively. Call today to begin building your team effectively!