Emerald M Therapeutic Riding Center and the foster families we serve represent the spunky girl in this parable.
As a result of a myriad of reasons, foster children have been reported to exhibit an increase in adverse behaviors ranging from nightmares, anxiety, excessive crying, sadness, disappointment, and withdrawal to anti-social and physical behaviors such as hitting, screaming, kicking, and biting. These behaviors are typically the result of their exposure to unsafe and uncertain environments, not because they are “bad.”
Children in our Starfish Foster Program can benefit from the emotional support and empowerment that therapeutic riding offers. The human-horse bond, along with the sense of accomplishment and self- esteem derived from collaborating with horses, can contribute to emotional regulation and improved mental well-being.
At Emerald M, we do more than allow a child to visit and pet a horse. We become a part of their community and provide a reliable, safe place where they can explore and grow.