The Horses of DoubleHP:
They can show you how to develop or improve your skills in business communications, teamwork, and leadership.They can help you figure things out about yourself, relationships, and life.
And of course, they can teach you about all things horsey, including how to ride.They are the Horses of DoubleHP; and they are available for business/group workshops, counseling and psychotherapy sessions, and natural horsemanship programs.
The Horses of DoubleHP are special horses; they were rescued by Volunteers of Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP), a 501c3 nonprofit organization with headquarters near Crooks, SD (25337 470th Avenue), just 20 minutes from Sioux Falls. DoubleHP Volunteers have helped to rescue, rehab and rehome hundreds of horses during the last 14 years; and 14 of these horses have been promised a forever home at DoubleHP’s sanctuary and learning center near Crooks. These are the Horses of DoubleHP. Most of them were rescued from severe starvation when they were very young, some only a few months old, in cases where law enforcement was involved. Many of these horses saw friends and family members freeze and starve to death before help arrived. But these horses, the Horses of DoubleHP, are survivors. They have an amazing ability to forgive; and they can teach us a lot about life, if we let them.Equine-assisted learning workshops for businesses and organizations are designed according to group size, schedule, and goals. For equine-assisted counseling and psychotherapy sessions, the Horses of DoubleHP and their Manager, Darci Hortness, team up with Carissa Palmberg, MS, LPC, LAC, of Carissa Palmberg Counseling. Both Hortness (Equine Specialist) and Palmberg (Mental Health Professional) are certified through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). In these sessions, participants interact with the horses in on-the-ground activities; there is no riding.
But of course there IS riding going on at DoubleHP -- in their horsemanship program, which is strongly influenced by Parelli Natural Horsemanship and includes a mixture of riding and non-riding activities. “Everything we do before we get on the horse relates to what we do when we ride,” explains Hortness. “If you can develop good rhythm and harmony with horses in non-riding activities, you will have a better chance of success in the saddle,” says Hortness. But people don’t have to ride if they don’t want to; they can still enjoy a horse relationship and fun physical exercise in non-riding horse activities. DoubleHP’s horsemanship participants fall into three main categories: individuals or families who are thinking about becoming new horse owners, current horse owners who are having some issues or just want to learn more, and former horse owners who are currently without a horse for whatever reason.Hortness is often asked about the cost of horse ownership. “It’s expensive; you need to plan on thousands of dollars each year to properly care for a horse,” she says. “At DoubleHP, you can kind of share that expense, you can help to sponsor a rescued horse, learn how to care for horses, learn how to be safe, happy and successful with horses, and just try it out before you actually go out and buy a horse, protecting yourself from a lot of unnecessary stress and mistakes,” says Hortness.
DoubleHP was awarded sanctuary status from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) in 2012, and is South Dakota’s first and only GFAS sanctuary. DoubleHP is also a proud new member of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and a ribbon cutting is scheduled at DoubleHP for Tuesday June 30 at 4:30 p.m. The Horses of DoubleHP extend an invitation to everyone to attend. They will be offering free horsemanship sessions and business workshops that day, by advance appointment. “No previous horse experience is required. The Horses will show you everything you need to know. About Life.” If you would like to get on the schedule for June 30 or to start any DoubleHP program, please call Darci at 359-0961. For more information about DoubleHP’s programs, visit their website www.newhopehorses.org or www.facebook.com/newhopehorses.