CONWAY — Human Horse Balance Healing Foundation will be hosting an open barn day at its horse ranch located at 281 Odell Hill Road in Center Conway on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
There is no admission fee and the event will be held rain or shine, with activities taking place inside the large indoor riding arena.
The event will offer a variety of activities for all ages, including pony rides from noon to 1 p.m. (first come, first served), a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at 1 p.m. Demonstration of integrated horsemanship, ground work and riding by master certified trainer Paula Lambie from 1:30 to 2 p.m.; healing with horses and smudging by Native American Dancing Coyote Paul Beauvais from 2 to 3 p.m.; mini reiki sessions with Karen McCarthy; sponsor a horse at the fundraising booth; photos with Lancelot (Icelandic horse); and snacks and drinks for everyone.
In addition, there will be a drawing at 3 p.m. for two lessons, one reiki foot reflex session and other prizes. Lastly, the HHB Healing Foundation will be giving away five gift certificates for healing horse coaching sessions to veterans in honor of their service.
HHB Healing Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, formed in 2017, that was established to offer hope and healing through connections with horses. It’s located in Center Conway at the Human Horse Balance Ranch.
“It is a place of love and acceptance. It’s not just about the ride,” said Shara Smith, whose son son has learned to love these animals unconditionally. “There is such a calmness and relaxing nature to my son when he gets home. For a small moment in time he has been able to be ‘one’ with these wonderful animals.”
In order to offer programs to as many individuals and groups as possible (regardless of ability to pay), the organization is in the process of embarking on a fundraising campaign to support its unique healing/rehab programs which include individual and group horse coaching programs, teen connection camps and sponsor a horse.
“Horses today are recognized as teachers and powerful development partners,” HHB Founder/Owner Paula Lambie said. “Our program, utilizing horse coaching, helps those who deal with stress, anxiety, depression, anger issues, low-self esteem, ADHD and PTSD and other challenges.”
Horse coaching sessions take place on the ground and do not involve any riding. No prior understanding or horses is required of the participants and it is all done in a safe and relaxing environment. Horse coaching is offered to individuals and groups and can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants.
“Horses operate as a mirror, reflecting everything we need to see about ourselves,” said Lambie, who is European certified in horse coaching, master certified integrated riding instructor and trainer. “Just being in the presence of a horse is healing and relaxing. Many people come to a horse coaching session without knowing what to expect, and leave with profound experiences of what they felt, saw, embraced and overcame.”
Teen Connection Camps are offered each summer for kids aged 12-16 years old. The four week camp allows teenagers to experience camp days at the ranch and to interact and even ride with the horses. The teens learn trust, confidence, responsibility, focus, teamwork, accountability, animal care and farm life in a safe and controlled environment. Activities include grooming, groundwork and some horseback riding. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis.
“In these divisive times, programs like HHB offer beacons of hope for revitalizing community connections by emphasizing love, peace, respect, acceptance and inclusion,” Dave Lynch, licensed social worker, said. “At HHB, by connecting with and drawing strength from the resilient energy of horses that have previously survived abuse and rejection, hurting people can find healing, hope and a will to embrace life.”
Sponsor a horse is a unique opportunity to support a specific lesson horse from the HHB herd (all of which have either been neglected or abused) and have been rehabilitated at the HHB ranch.
“Launcelot is an Icelandic horse who was 17 years old when he arrived at the HHB ranch five years ago,” Lambie said. “Lancelot was untrainable and unrideable as he had been whipped, beaten, kicked, ears cropped to inflict pain. The last owner was a little girl who he loved dearly, she could sit and hang on him and walk around riding on him, but nothing more so her parents brought him to Live and Let Live Farm Rescue, which is where we adopted him. He was totally shut-down, didn’t want to live anymore, no light in his eyes, and didn’t want to do anything. It took me several years to get through to him and restore confidence and trust and get him into riding. It is amazing to look at him now. Bombproof, super shy but a very sweet, special horse.”
Donations are tax-free and greatly appreciated to support HHB Healing Foundation’s efforts to make opportunities offered at the ranch available to everyone in need, regardless of income.
For more information about the HHB Healing Foundation, go to humanhorsebalance.com or contact Pete and Paula Lambie at (603) 716-6335.