Chinook Horses

Changing Lives through Equine Partnerships

BILLINGS, MT   |  https://chinookhorses.org/

Mission

To Provide Opportunities For Individuals And Families To Engage, Learn And Thrive Outside Of The Classroom And Traditional Therapeutic Environments By Practicing Equine Assisted Activities.

Ruling year info

2016

Director/Founder

Abigail Hornik

Special Education Professional/President

Kelly Melius

Main address

2816 PALM DR

BILLINGS, MT 59102 USA

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EIN

81-2295286

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Chinook Horses has been serving Billings and surrounding communities since 2016 with equine therapy activities, but demand for services significantly outpaces current capacity. The need for equine therapy in Yellowstone County is high. A community needs assessment compiled by a coalition of three Billings healthcare organizations identifies mental health and substance abuse as two of the top three health risks to residents, both of with can be positively affected through equine therapy. Over 24% and 22% of low-income residents report their health and mental health as either fair or poor respectively. The health status and experience of low-income families is quite different and less favorable than that of residents with higher incomes. In addition, Chinook Horses serves children and individuals with depression, anxiety, autism, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and much more.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)

EFP is an experiential form of psychotherapy that involves equines. Horses can help in many areas. including conflict resolution, depression, bereavement and loss, trauma, and anxiety. The team works together to address and achieve psychotherapy goals set by the mental health professional and the client.

Population(s) Served

EFL is an educational approach to equine-assisted activities. Content of the sessions is developed by credentialed practitioners with the goal of facilitating personal growth and developing life skills through partnerships with the horses.

Lessons may include the use of the Zones of Regulation, created by Leah M. Kuypers, MA Ed. OTR/L. The Zones were created to support people in supporting their emotional self-regulation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

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Population(s) Served

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of counseling sessions performed

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The programs at Chinook Horses strive to help children and adults achieve health and success in school, work, and life. Adults and children suffering from secondary effects of poor mental health and substance abuse such as domestic violence, abuse, and other types of family dysfunction benefit from equine therapy. Low income and veteran adults navigating mental health and substance abuse issues can also directly benefit from equine therapy. Equine therapy positively affects both groups in the following ways: Assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualization, independence, self-regard, social responsibility, and interpersonal relationships.
Our mission says it best: Chinook Horses team strives "To provide opportunities for individuals and families to engage, learn and thrive outside of the classroom and traditional therapeutic environments by practicing equine-assisted activities."

Chinook Horses team is certified in both Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA) and PATH International. The team primarily utilizes the EAGALA Modality that focuses on groundwork and working with a free herd of horses in an arena. The EAGALA team consists of the client(s), a herd (2 to 4 horses), an equine specialist, and mental health or specialized professional. Sessions may be conducted in an individual or group format. Groups are typically used for Equine-Facilitated Learning activities for children with an autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, or other social or learning difference. The equine specialist is always present during the sessions for both the clients and horses safety. The herd of horses is carefully selected based on the needs of the client(s). Based on the educational and therapeutic needs of the client(s) a mental health practitioner, social worker, occupational therapist, and/or other specialized professional is included in the team.

Each year, Chinook Horses is funded entirely by private donations from individuals, foundation grants, companies, and local businesses. Every penny brought in goes directly into serving our clients. Chinook Horses team serves many low-income individuals, we never turn people or families away based on their ability to pay. Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to provide scholarships to those in need.
Chinook Horses is prepared to serve approximately 100 clients each year.

To date, we have served hundreds of clients of all ages. We are excited for the future as we prepare to serve another 100 clients within the next year and begin developing exciting, new programs to better serve our community. We are currently in the beginning stages of developing substance abuse and addiction treatment programs in partnership with local addiction counselors and community resources.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Chinook Horses

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doug Wild

Julie Alpers

Tempe Connell

Abby Reno

City Vineyard

Doug Wild

Martha Fuller Stahl

Planned Parenthood Montana

Kelly Melius

Speech and Language Ability Center

Hannah Grace

Maggie Sparboe