Natural Lifemanship, Equine Assisted Therapy Program (EAP)
Gateway Freedom Ranch utilizes the Natural Lifemanship Equine Assisted Therapy Program (EAP). Natural Lifemanship founded a generally accepted therapeutic program called “Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™)”, which is based on the neuroscience of human and horse brain development, the impact of trauma, and the role of relationships in recovery and healing. Read More About the Natural Lifemanship EAP »
Coke – Oh, where do I start? Well I have been in this gig since I was a teenager. I am well into my twenties now and I am just trying to live it up! Chewing on some grass, grabbing some treats from time to time and cheering to fresh water, you know what I am saying? Life is so much more than just kicking up your heels in a field. I love my job! You just tell me what you want me to do and I am on it! I will do whatever you want. You want to chase a cow? Let’s do it! You want to work me around you? I won’t stop until you do. You want to just hang out and brush me? I will fall asleep before I will leave you. I am your gal. Just, don’t leave me alone, OK? I like having others to share my wisdom with and I am not as fast as I used to be so I need to know I will be safe. I don’t mind teaching the youngsters their manners and-how to-speak our language, I will even straighten out the older horses so they live peacefully. I was made to build community; all that to say, I surely enjoy teaching your girls who they really are. They always try to hide themselves when they first come to me, but by the end their true colors are shining. I can’t explain to you the beauty that is to behold when they allow themselves to be who God created them. It is truly a blessing to watch each lesson.
Carl – Hi… I am Carl. it is nice to meet you. Would you like to go for a walk? I enjoy walks, but only walks. I do not enjoy going any faster. You have to go slow enough to spot the wildflowers so you can bend down and smell them. I enjoy flowers. Do you enjoy flowers? Oh… this is about me, um…. Hi… my name is Carl. It is nice to meet you. How long have I been doing this? Well… awhile. Do I enjoy it? Oh yes.
I do enjoy getting to hang out with the girls. They give me treats and brushings and they try really hard to talk to me. Sometimes they sound funny but I know they are trying. Although, sometimes I just want
to roll in the sand. The coolness feels so good on a hot day and the roughness itches my scratchy spots. Huh? The girls? Oh… yeah. They are cool.
Palone – Hey. Palone is the name. Most people think I am too cool for them, but really I am just afraid of I getting hurt. I really don’t open up to just anyone. I have to know you pretty well before I trust you enough to put myself out there. I have to know that you are gonna think of me too and not just yourself. If you just. think of yourself, what does that mean for me? I am nothing more than chopped liver if you try to do your own thing. Like I said I take a long time to open up, but some of the girls have really taken time to just sit with me and talk. I like that. I still am not always sure of what they want to do at times, but if I know them I am willing to try anything. Just please don’t hurt me. I look big a strong on the
outside but inside I am super unsure of myself.
Ebony – Well hay there! Do you get it? Hehe! I am Ebony! I am the youngest of the herd. I have been here since I was one years old. I am growing so fast, you wouldn’t believe. I was so afraid of people when I first showed up. But the girls really sat with me and let me explore them. That helped me not be so afraid. I still get scared from time to time, but I know I can trust the girls. They would never hurt me! I love when they just brush me and talk to me. That is the bestest! They really like me here. I came from the wild. I don’t really remember much from the wild. I was only there for a short time. I have always I been curious about the world. I have always wanted to know what was on the next horizon. Never stop exploring. That is my motto!
Feather – Howdy! Feather’s the name. I’ve been in this line of business for quite some time. Age is really starting to creep up on me or rather should I say the treats are catching up to me. I’ve slowed down in my time of chasing after girls and carrying them anywhere from circles in an arena to traveling down steep trails. I love your girls, but they don’t always see me as loving. You see I don’t allow them to just I push me around, they have to convince me they know what they are talking about. Like I said, I have been in this business for quite some time so I have learned not to just trust any cute face. I have to know they have my best interest in mind! After all I am the elder. The only one I will really tisten to, quickly — that is, is Coke. That’s because we have been together for a long time and she is darn right sassy if you don’t listen to her! I guess that is a given since she is plum older than even I am. Anywho, I appreciate you allowing me to teach your girls a thing or two while they are here at the ranch.
Little Bit – Sooooooo my name is Little Bit but let me tell you, there is like nothing little about me! Everyone says I am short, but I like am so not. I am just how God made me and you will like never tell me different. In fact don’t ever like try to like tell me what to do. I like cannot handle that. I do as I please, when I please. Thank you very much! Anyways, I am like not even a teenager yet but whatever. I already know it all. You should seriously check out my glorious, and like luscious mane. It is like the prettiest thing like ever created. Anyways… I like know a lot of things, but why would I like do the things when I could like sit here and be like fabulous and stuff? Like the girls always like want me to like do things. They are always asking me to like build relationship with them and like stuff. I mean it’s like good stuff, but I like don’t always want to do it that day, like you know what I mean? I suppose it’s like good and stuff though.