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WHY EQUINE THERAPY?
Are you tired of talk therapy with minimal visible results? Are you looking for something therapeutic your child or loved one is excited about? In our equine therapy program participants learn by doing instead of talking. By developing a relationship with a horse we utilize the physiology and psychology of the horse to impact and bring healing to the physiology and psychology of humans.
Most of our work takes place on the ground, side-by-side with our equine partners. Horses don't judge or place blame; instead they respond to connection, allowing participants to relationships without preconditions.
People experience trauma in many ways. Whether from physical or emotional abuse, abandonment or rejection, trauma can have a significant impact on our relationships and our ability to relate effectively with others. It can lead to challenges in our family dynamics with our children, spouse or extended family members. It can limit our potential at work, in social settings or anywhere we interact with others. Spending time at Little Springs Farm, connecting with one of our horses provides an opportunity to begin to understand and develop how to build a healthy connected relationship that can begin to impact other significant and important relationship in life.
MEET THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Recreational Riding Practitioner
Little Springs Farm, LLC
Cindy Martin is the Executive Director and owner of Little Springs Farm, LLC (LSF) where she leads a team of professionals who facilitate Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs that enrich the lives and relationships of families and individuals.
Cindy and her team work with children and families who have experienced trauma as a result of adverse life experiences including abuse, neglect, divorce, medical trauma, and other stressful events. Cindy has developed a specific competency in working with adoptive and foster care families. She developed the equine component to the ADOPTS program of Bethany Christian Services, based in Grand Rapids Michigan, which was the first of its kind in the country. She also developed the Recreational Riding Program, a sensory rich experience focused on relationship building, enhancing self-esteem and healthy social interaction.
Cindy is a student of the work of Dr. Karen Purvis, co-creator of Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) at the Institute of Child Development, Texas Christian University. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development from Hesston College, and is trained as an Equine Professional in Natural Lifemanship and their pioneering work in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™).
Cindy’s past experience also includes Program Director for Time Out Children’s Ministry, Children & Youth “Aerobicise” Instructor, 4-H Horse & Pony Club leader, Youth Rodeo coach, and a riding lesson instructor. Other passions include traveling the world on mission’s trips which have taken her to many countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Thailand. She also loves the beach and perhaps most of all spending time with her grandchildren.
Cindy is a knowledgeable and caring professional. She and her Farm are dedicated to helping others and to collaborating with other agencies to create accessibility to these invaluable services. She ensures up to date treatment by attending continuing education workshops and shares her knowledge to further the field. Cindy was kind enough to offer her expertise and experiences for my doctoral dissertation. She was accessible, warm, and incredibly proficient in her craft. She demonstrated insightfulness and affection for her work. Thank you for all you offer!
- Hillary Hayen,
Immaculata PsyD candidate"