The mission of Horsepower UP is to provide a safe, genuine, caring environment in which to improve human lives through equine activities, learning, and therapy grounded in Christian values. We strive to instill hope and personal growth in individuals, families, and our community.
To provide a way for people of all ages and abilities to spend time with and learn from horses.
To provide-for the healthy, the hurting, and those in between-a refuge, a safe place from the world with its pressures, pain, conflicts, and problems.
To allow an outlet for people to spend time with a nonjudgmental counselor-the horse.
To help people experience healing, find purpose, and discover joy-filled, abundant life.
How do horses do all that, you ask?🤔
Herd animals: Horses are herd animals. They socialize. They earn and show respect for each other. Sometimes they want to be alone. Sometimes they don't want to be alone. But they always look out for each other. We can learn that it is not in weakness that we need each other. But that in needing each other we become stronger. To the best interests of all and individually.
Prey animals: Horses are prey animals. They are constantly scanning their environment, ready to flee if the need arises; but not live in fear. They visibly calm themselves. Their intentional ways to return to calm teaches us we can become intentional in becoming calm.
Instruction: They respond to the slightest instruction when consistent. When consistent, they learn quickly. This teaches the learner about life skills, being consistent with your words and actions.
Living in the Moment: They teach or remind us to live in the moment. They are not dwelling on the last threat or worried about the next threat.
Mirror our Emotions: Even if we think we are hiding or denying our true emotions, even sometimes from ourselves, the horse knows. When we are angry or tense, the horse may appear to be stubborn, uncooperative, or agitated. If we are anxious or fearful, the horse may become fearful or easily "spooked" for no apparent reason. If we are calm, the horse becomes more responsive, cooperative and eager to partner with us.