Indiana Health Group is proud to announce the affiliation of Hoofprints to Hope
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Christy Falink, LCSW is the program facilitator. Christy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been trained and certified through EAGALA, the leading international nonprofit association for professionals using equine therapy to address mental health needs. Christy has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in mental health and addiction treatment centers, schools, churches, and equine-facilitated therapy programs. Christy has owned, cared for and competed on horses her entire life. She combines her love and passion for horses with her vast experience as a mental health processional to reach out to others who are hurting by showing them God’s love through the gentle touch of a horse.
Hoofprints to Hope exists to help children and families find hope and healing through hands-on experience with horses in a safe Christian environment. Horses are amazing teachers, as well as outstanding listeners. They teach us how to communicate with others, resolve conflict, face our fears (“For God did not give us a spirit of fearfulness, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline” 2Timothy 1:7), trust others and ourselves, and increase our self confidence. They teach us how to have compassion and patience with others. Horses listen to our hurt, anger, and fear. They feel the pain and trauma that we have endured in our lives. Horses do not lie; they are a mirror into our souls. Horses accept us for exactly who we are, no questions asked.
Hoofprints to Hope serves children ages five through eighteen. Children are evaluated in the first session to determine what the presenting issues are. Sessions are offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturdays. These individual sessions are designed to be adaptable to meet the specific needs of each child. Each horse at Hoofprints to Hope is paired with one trained adult leader and one child for a one-hour session. Sessions consist of 1) service projects that will help maintain the horses, their environment and horse equipment; 2) safety, horse care and grooming; and 3) riding, if/when the child is ready. The primary prerequisite for children coming to Hoofprints to Hope is that they WANT to participate. It is from this willingness that broken hearts and lives can be led toward hope and healing.