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Troubling Facts and Statistics
Did you know that 48% of Denver high school students will drop out?
Only 50% of the students of Aurora Central will graduate?
82% of prison inmates are high school drop outs.
It costs $58k annually to incarcerate ONE youth.
There are 1,700 youth in the Denver Juvenile Justice System.
That is a taxpayer cost of $98.6m annually
Zuma’s works hard every day to help these kids not become those statistics
Horses Healing Humans ~ Equine Experiential Learning Works
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Training begins in March 2011
“I am the voice of the voiceless
Through me the dumb shall speak
The deaf world’s ear be made to hear
The wrongs of the wordless weak
From street, from cage, from kennel
From stable and zoo the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail
Oh shame on the mothers of mortals
Who have not stooped to teach
Of the sorrow that lies in dear, dumb eyes
The sorrow that has no speech
And I am my brother’s keeper
And I will fight his fight
And speak the word for beast and bird
‘Til the world shall set things right.”
Oh I pray that these sentiments reach far and wide!
Shattered again, just who can we trust in this world today? Is it any reason our children in foster care have such a difficult time trusting adults.
Zuma’s Experiential Learning Center is making big strides with our Equine Therapy Partners! Check us out….. Bring your family in for a fun day at Zuma’s.
Current trends in the therapeutic treatment of adolescents
Adults benefit from their ability to “talk though” their issues and feelings. They have learned through time to verbalize complex and contradictory feelings and reactions. However, adolescents generally find it more difficult to eloquently verbalize such feelings: they are often overwhelmed and even confused by the seeming onslaught of complex feelings that come as they move toward adulthood. The lives of adults also create a more varied environment within which they experience their feelings. However, for teens, most conflicts involve differences between family members or issues over expectations of parents.
For adolescents, the approach of the therapist needs to reflect their current life experience. Therefore, “talk therapy” tends not to be as effective as therapy that involves activity or experience (such as experiential therapy, play therapy, and art therapy). These forms of therapy allow symbolic expression of internal conflicts. For example, in equine-assisted therapy (this is where the child interacts with horses as part of a therapeutic intervention), how the child interacts with his or her animal can give rich information to the therapist. Often times, the relationship that develops between the teen and the horse reflects their issues with relationships within the family. Sometimes the therapist will notice the teenager becomes the frustrated “parent” of the horse, and the therapist can use this experience to help the child understand the nature of the conflict between themselves and their parents.
Family therapy is essential when treating adolescents with behavioral or emotional problems. Improving communication between family members and helping both the parents and the teen understand how conflicts can be resolved through improved communication often result in significant improvements in the family relationship. If there is one element in a child’s life that improves their chances for success in school and life, it is strong family bonds with positive, constructive communication. It is important that parents not feel defensive if the therapist focuses on changes in how they communicate with their teenagers. The need for such a change is not an indictment of the parents’ abilities, it is simply a part of the therapeutic process that will help them better work with their adolescent and find solutions to behavioral issues.
The goal of therapy with adolescents is to help both the child and the parents understand why they act out with rebellious, willful behavior and how they can learn to express their needs and wants in a more productive way. When parents allow the process of re-forging the lines of communication, they dramatically improve their relationship with their teenager and create an environment where positive behavioral change is possible.
If you are interested in experiential therapies please contact Zuma’s Rescue Ranch.
If you would like to support at risk youth at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch please Donate.
Zuma’s Experiential Learning Kids ~ Straight from the mouth of a child.
Why I like horses:
“They are really big animals. They are amazing. In my heart they are sacred. Like the sacred dog.” (reference to the book, “The Gift of the Sacred Dog” that we both love)
What I do at Zuma’s:
“I’m learning how hard it is to be devoted to something. I have commited to this. And it is painful. It is painful to cough up $4. But I did it. It is painful to scoop poop, but I did it. It is painful to get itchy eyes.”
What do you get from Zuma’s:
“In the evening I get to talk to my mentor in the warm room. I like talking to people – 1 on 1, not in big groups – and I don’t get that a lot.
My goal is to ride. My hope is I volunteer enough here that they’ll see I’m truly committed. I’m not just here to make a quick buck. It may not happen until I’m 19 and I’m finally on my own. But maybe one day I’ll have a job and I’ll be able to have my own horse. Or sponsor one. There are tons of possibilities with this place.”
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How our son, age 8, experiences life:
Every day,filled with numerous happenings that he is not expecting.
Not knowing what is going to happen next puts him in a hypervigilant state.
Things that trigger him are : someone coming to the door, a loud noise
(truck driving by, lawnmower, fire-truck). When he gets scared he goes into
flight or fight (usually fight) mode and reacts by hitting, running or
swearing. This makes it hard to be around other people that don’t know him
well because he is usually labeled as a bad kid. They don’t realize these
everyday occurences trigger him.
How this impacts our life:
He doesn’t have any friends that come over to play at our house. He
can’t participate in extra curricular activities like sports or art
classes. His whole world revolves around his brother, sister and parents.
We don’t go out to eat as a family or have many people over at our house
because of the stress it causes on our son.
Why he likes Zuma Rescue Ranch:
The horses are big and alive! They can be grumpy or happy just like our
son. It gives our son a way to take care of a living animal and at the same
time follow some detailed instructions. It is great occupational therapy!
He gets to know his horse and develop a good relationship since he is paired
with the same horse every week. Maura makes him feel comfortable since she
is clear on her expectations. She also has an amazing talent for
understanding what he struggles with in life. We have not come across
people like her very often! From day one she could separate the bad
behaviors from his personality. Knowing he is being treated fairly and with
compassion takes a lot of stress out of our lives.
This of course only describes how Zuma impacts our life. The other half of
the story is how the horses benefit.
(I) spoke highly of this event when I saw her on Saturday afternoon! I
am very excited about this and think it will be wonderful for her.
Mandy Rutt, MA
Arapahoe County DHS
Recipe for a Therapy Arena
5 hours of jack hammering concrete out of the ground – Paul Messeinch
8 hours of fence building- Troy Latteu
8 hours of wall building and window/door installation-Scott Fredrickson
5 hours of clean up- Jodi Messenich
5 hours of clean up Maura Stack- Oden
2 hours of clean up- Denver Newell
2 hours of debris removal- Stout Street Foundation
8 hours of hot walker removal- Randy DeVaney
Cost of construction $4,000- Use Of Arena- Priceless
In addition to getting the therapy arena built for tonights’ Experiential Learning Program, countless hours of program preparation were spent by Maura Stack -Oden the programs Director. Heat was repaired in the activity room at Zuma’s by Scott Fredrickson and 14 Mentors spent last Saturday morning learning how to best mentor their at risk child.
Most all of this was done with volunteer hours, by people who share the hope of changing the lives of these children trapped in awful situations. Zuma’s is constantly seeking out volunteers, sponsors and donors for this very important program offered to at risk youth, please share our mission with your friends and broaden our support!
Zuma’s has the latest technology in pulsed electrical signal therapy for injured ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bones.In this past year Zuma’s has helped heal complete tears of tendons, bone fractures and ligament injuries in half the time of traditional treatments.
Call 303-346-7493 to inquire.
Investigating Platelet-Rich Plasma for Equine
by: Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc
September 09 2009, Article # 14872
A single injection of platelet-rich plasma appears beneficial for acute clinical tendon injuries in horses, report a group of scientists from The Netherlands.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of whole blood that contains a concentrated source of platelets–microscopic storage facilities for a variety of growth factors that facilitate healing.
Considering the prevalence of tendon injuries in horses, the fact that PRP is already commercially available, and the dearth of proven therapies for managing tendon injuries, the research team performed a placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP for treating equine tendons.
A core defect was surgically created in the superficial digital flexor tendon of both front limbs of six Standardbred horses. Seven days after surgery, researchers injected one randomly chosen tendon lesion in each horse with 3mL of PRP while the other tendon was injected with saline.
Based on the observed differences in the biochemical content, gross and fine appearance, and strength of the treated and untreated tendons 23 weeks later, the authors concluded that, “PRP increases metabolic activity and seems to advance maturation of repair tissue.” Thus, PRP might be beneficial in the treatment of clinical (i.e., non-experimentally-induced) tendon injuries.
According to the authors, “Further research is also necessary to determine the most appropriate timing for PRP treatment in relation to the phase of repair, and procedures to determine the actual stage of the healing process, and should be developed to guide the revalidation scheme.”
The study, “Effects of platelet-rich plasma on the quality of repair of mechanically induced core lesions in equine superficial digital flexor tendons: a placebo-controlled experimental study,” will be published in an upcoming edition of the International Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
After receiving a $5,000.00 grant from Harmes C. Fishback this month; Zuma’s now will be presenting a proposal to the Kenneth Kendall King Foundation for $8,200.00. If won, this grant will be sponsoring children into our Experiential Learning Program. This is big news for a non-profit in its first year, proving oneself to the foundation world is quite a challenge.
Horsin Around is one of many programs available to at risk youth at Zuma’s, by providing experiential learning opportunities we are quickly beginning to prove them more effective. Zuma’s is busy tracking all data and results of the programs as proof positive of their success.
Zuma’s provides sponsorship for low-income families in need of therapies outside of those approved by insurance companies and Medicaid, if you would like to sponsor a child’s therapeutic learning opportunities at Zuma’s, click our donate page.