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At-Risk

More to come…

On this page we will cover the basics of At-Risk

  • What is “At-Risk”
  • Recognizing At-Risk
  • De-stigmatizing At-Risk
  • How horses can help with At-Risk
  • Why horses are a good choice for At-Risk

What is “At-Risk”?

The term at-risk can mean a lot of things to various people. It can mean at physical risk, at risk of becoming involved with drugs or dangerous people, at risk of harming themselves or others, it can also mean living in an environment where danger exists on a day to day basis, it also means that someone is at-risk of falling deeper into a phobic solitude. In short the term “At-Risk” means that a person stands a chance at loosing out on the loveliness that life can offer.

There are various stages in the At-Risk environment that people are in where horses and horse related activities can help to pull them from the edge. While the sooner a person is helped the better but people in more advanced stages of an at-risk situation can also be shown new ways of thinking to assist them in changing their life for the better.

Recognizing At-Risk

De-stigmatizing At-Risk

The spectrum of at-risk is a very broad one. Most everyone is or was at-risk of something at some point in their lives. Elite neighborhoods are no more free from violence, drugs, alcohol problems, school and adult bullies, crime, “the wrong crowd”, even gangs or any of the other potential pit falls than an inner city neighborhood faces. The term at-risk is one in where an individual is still able to make a choice in their life, where there is still hope and the potential for brighter, stronger futures. What it boils down to is education, understanding and utilizing the empowerment tools that we acquire over time during our life.

A theoretical family has a generational history of violence, what are their tools? Violence, bullying, intimidation, passive-agressiveness, overly passive behaviors, inappropriate assertiveness, escapism and shame to name a few. Another family has a history of substance abuse and pass that tool on in various forms; eating disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse or workaholism. Those two hypothetical family situations are just 2 sorts of common risk continuation situations. When understanding comes into play one can see how close to home even those two situations are. Our learned behavior stems from our environment. We can change learned behavior in ourselves and for the children in our care.

How can a horse help a person who is At-Risk?