Lil’ Bit of Life’s Equine-Assisted activities began to take shape when the owner noticed a great calm cover over her while she was around their first miniature horse, Bailey. “I began to research miniature horses and their effects on people,” said Tracey (Owner, Lil’ Bit of Life). Horses have a natural ability to heal physical and psychological scars by training humans to have balance, feelings of strength, coordination, confidence, grace and peace.
Lil’ Bit of Life offers quality and professional therapeutic services for Lake County and the surrounding communities. The mission is to encourage clients to heal with a little help from our 4-legged friends. The clients can enjoy a peaceful space to interact with the animals in a farm setting that is comforting and tucked away from distractions.
Horses help people overcoming obstacles, trauma and anxiety. They’re very sensitive animals, so sensitive in fact, they may know what you are feeling – possibly even better than you do because horses are creatures of a group and they tend to feel what those around them are feeling. The result of this sensitivity towards human feelings, allows for bonds to be made with the animal and a sense of relaxation, reflection and recovery can be experienced for the individual.
At Lil’ Bit of Life, tailored programs of Equine-Assisted Activities can be created to fit your needs and schedule. The activities vary in order to best address an individuals readiness and include:
Horsemanship – This experience involves hands-on learning of how to care for a horse. Individuals will have space to bond with their new equine-friend through grooming, bathing, and walking. This activity builds trust and friendship. (No Riding)
Obstacle Course – The individual will lead their horse through obstacles in the round pin. This activity focuses on communication skills, body language, patience and balance. Mentally, obstacle courses can build motor skills while also developing important processing skills. (No Riding)
Teaching Kindness, Empathy & Confidence – Teaching empathy and compassion through interaction with smaller animals is an activity based on the principles of Humane Education. Individuals will work with our small farm animals, including goats, bunnies and minis.
Animals are non-judgmental. They just want to spend time with people, no matter their walk of life. Those who regularly interact with animals have higher self-esteem, confidence, less loneliness, and have enhanced social skills. If you or someone you know would benefit from Equine-Assisted Therapy, please fill out the contact form below. Feel free to address any questions you may have. This shared information will be completely confidential as Lil’ Bit of Life respects your privacy.