We exist to bring humans and horses together to inspire participants with challenges towards achieving their individual goals. People with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges, as well as the elderly, face a host of similar struggles leaving them with feelings of powerlessness, incompetence, and exclusion. There are many published reports showing the positive changes in confidence, communication skills, self-esteem, and physical strength through Equine Therapies, and we have seen the magic that occurs when people with diverse concerns partner with horses to transform their challenges into capabilities.
One of our core beliefs is that the horses are valued and treated as integral partners in our program. Before each class begins we make the time for participants to greet their horse and build their relationship.
Our volunteers are an essential part of our program and we couldn't succeed without them. We also strongly believe that there are many benefits to creating strong intergenerational bonds, and have encouraged seniors to share their experience and empathy with our younger participants. Our sessions have included volunteers from ages 11 - 82 years old and all of them have expressed their delight in being a part of this inspirational and heartwarming experience.
Courageous Connections is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Snohomish County and is a PATH International Member Center and adhere to their standards to ensure the safety of the participants as well as the competence of our instructors.