Horses are a reflection of one’s soul: strong, powerful, beautiful.
Horses have always been a thread of hope and kindness running through the life of Colors of Hope Founder, Jodie Webb, as well as her children. Jodie was a victim of sexual abuse and sex trafficking from childhood to adolescence. God has used horses to comfort her and create a safe-place and space for her to heal and restore. Now, she desires and believes that for every individual affected by sexual abuse and sex trafficking, between God’s love, dedicated care teams, and this equine program, restoration is possible! Jodie has written this program to progressively transform and rehabilitate the participants in their mind, will, and emotions…spirit, soul, and body.
Research has shown that horse interaction is related to lowering blood pressure, heart rate, diminishing stress levels, and reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is also beneficial in helping people overcome fear and developing confidence.
Our Equine Restoration Certification Program is created with a strategic “layering” process to provide individuals who have been affected by sexual abuse and sex trafficking the greatest advantage to heal and be restored for the rest of their lives. We understand the complexity of peeling back layers of the human soul and we’ve designed our program to mirror that process with understanding. The Equine Restoration Program establishes self-respect, self-love, boundaries, and trust.
In the midst of bringing horse and human together, love and self-respect is established. These beautiful hearts begin to desire responsibilities. So, naturally, we teach them how to care for their new four-legged friends! This may include: feeding, bathing, and brushing. In due time, as each participant progresses, they may be able to experience riding the horse. Horseback training is used to help an individual learn how to actively control a horse, while riding. It is shown to improve sensory and motor skills for coordination, balance and posture. Each person is paired with a horse, and has an opportunity to bond with their chosen horse. This helps them understand what caring for another being is like and it gives them a sense of peace as well. Our program places emphasis on the value of relationship and helps to recreate what a heart-healthy and nurturing relationship actually looks like. Participants quickly learn that horses are in fact a mirror of the human soul!
Each rescued heart deserves the opportunity to be fought for! Our comprehensive program offers sacred moments of solitude for each participant to give themselves permission to feel and decompress throughout the process.
As they create a new culture and way of life, their participation in our Equine Restoration Certification Program allows them to begin connecting the dots and missing pieces of their story. Suppressed trauma and tragedy are reconciled as they’re guided experience reinforces trust and belonging with their Heavenly Father and opens up lines of communication to renew and restore their soul.