What is Stable Moments?
Stable Moments was founded in November of 2014 with a goal of positively impacting the life course of foster and adopted youth who have experienced early developmental trauma. We accomplish this by engaging children in a weekly mentorship program where they achieve individualized life goals through equine facilitated learning. Children in the program meet one-on-one with a trained, committed mentor and horse each week for 10 months out of the year, working through a customized plan of care.
While children exposed to foster care are often “therapied” out, and are wary of being treated as an object for analysis, kids in our program are actively engaged in equine facilitated activities that are not only therapeutic, but also challenging and fun. It is the unique relational nature of horses as prey animals that makes them hypervigilant and sensitive to the emotions and needs of these children. Development of life skills such as self-esteem, responsibility, emotional awareness, regulation, occupational skills, confidence and healthy boundaries, allow the children in our program to become successful at home, school, the workplace, and in their communities.
Stable Moments is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (Path Int.) following their international standards for Equine Assisted Activities. Stable Moments is a PATH International Center Member Center. Click here to learn more about PATH International.
A Stable Situation, Inc. is a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions made to Stable Moments, a program of A Stable Situation, Inc., are tax deductible. A Stable Situation, INC.: EIN Number 47-1871037. Please contact us if you have any questions.
What is EFL?
EFL content is developed and organized by credentialed practitioners with the primary intent to facilitate personal growth and development of life skills through equine interactions. Rebecca Miller, the program director, holds a degree in Social Work and a Path Int. certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health.
Who is Eligible?
Any child age 3-17 that comes from foster or adoptive families are eligible for our weekly mentorship program.
Stable Moments offers a 10 month program running from August through the end of May. The program offers open enrollment throughout the year and participants are able to join at any time. There will be no sessions during June and July. Each participant can re-enroll for the next year during this time. They may or may not be matched with the same mentor year to year.
Our vision is to open satellite locations nationwide by offering Stable Moments curriculum, training and grant money to other barns. It is our goal to spread awareness of the powerful impact a connection with a horse can have for a foster/adopted child.
Our program is solely run by volunteers and through donations and sponsorships. All funds contributed go directly toward the care of the horses, supplies for participants and training materials. We operate out of Misty Acres Farm, in Woodstock, GA.