Spending time with ponies is proven to reduce anxiety, aid communication with kids on the autism spectrum, ADD, ADHD and reduce depression. It has been seen to lower blood pressure, help concentration, calm anxiety and build confidence. We have created a stress-free, non-judgmental environment for you all to enjoy our ponies. It has been clinically documented that just being around horses and ponies changes human brainwave patterns, we calm down and become more centered and focused when we are with them. Being herd animals, they rely on an acute stream of sensory data to sense safety or danger; they can also hear human heartbeat within four feet. Research on heart-rate variability indicates that horses have a profound ability to synchronize their own heartbeat with that of humans.They are masters of reading physical movement, facial expressions, and tone of voice, which often is missed by us and they have an innate ability to help us heal our emotional wounds.
The release of endorphins (oxytocin) has a calming effect on children that struggle with emotional dysregulation. We work to restructure their emotional response, thus access whole brain learning.
These majestic animals can teach us so much about our own behavior and body language which can help us to understand and control our energy patterns in order to express ourselves more clearly. Animals also offer a powerful multi-sensory stimulus, they provide spontaneous behavioral responses which are simple and easy for children to interpret. With the help of these wonderful animals, we can connect, encourage and inspire.