Generation Farms offers integrative healing opportunities through
wellness programs, horsemanship, nature and professional training.

Cedars at Cobble Hill Residential Treatment Programs - Equine Program

Patients of Cedars Cobble Hill Addictions Treatment Programs www.cedarscobblehill.com come to Generation Farms on Wednesdays to learn powerful lessons in recovery. Staying in the present moment, emotional honesty, managing uncomfortable feelings, having healthy boundaries; these all support recovery but can be merely words or ideas. Horses teach real lessons that are hard to learn in the usual classroom.

Our herd of horses and our professional team support residents in a day of experiences outside in nature and with horses. The non-judgmental yet direct behavior of the horse can reveal and support new awareness and behaviors. The Generation Farms approach is very helpful for trauma survivors in recovery. Participants report significant emotional and spiritual growth and increased awareness of their own recovery needs.

A man kneels beside the fence. He is terrified, not of the small horse on the other side, but of his fear that she won't like him and will walk away. As he lets go of his tough act and acknowledges how lonely he really is, she comes over and blows on his face with her gentle breath. On the other side of the barn a young woman meets a huge horse. He pulls at her clothing and pushes at her with his nose. She laughs. People do what they want with her. Later, when she is supported to stand her ground with this gentle giant, learning to push him away and create a safe space around her, she cries for all the times that she let her boundaries be violated. 'Never again'.

 

Staying in the present moment, emotional honesty, being uncomfortable without panicking, having healthy boundaries; these all support recovery but can be merely words or ideas. Horses teach real lessons that are hard to learn in the classroom. The field of Equine Facilitated Wellness partners people with horses in safe but powerful experiences. There is no riding and no one is pushed beyond their comfort level with the horses. Finely tuned receptors in the horse keep them safe in the wild where they can be preyed upon. Being with horses in an Equine Facilitated Wellness setting can help humans to return to our natural instincts and connection to self, others and nature. Horses are comfortable with us when we are really ourselves. No judgment, no criticism; just how we are in the moment.

As people return to Cedars Cobble Hill after a day at Generation Farms, they take with them experiences that will continue to support their recovery.

 

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