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A Really N.E.A.T. Benefit Concert

08/12/2019


Cheri Hill is joined by Executive Director of For Kids Foundation Annie Goni-Stewart, as well as Bambi Spahr and Laurie Roberts the co-founders of Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy.


The For Kids Foundation began as a the charitable arm of the Kids Behavioral Health, a corporation providing residential and day treatment programs for troubled youth. Since 2003 For Kids has helped many children in need for everything from school supplies to medical equipment.


Bambi and Laurie created N.E.A.T. with the idea of using horses as a therapy method. Using animals in therapy is not a new idea, therapy dogs have been in use since the 1940's. But horses, are not the first animal to come to mind when one thinks of therapy animals.

But Bambi and Laurie have discovered that taking care of a horse can help a great deal. Someone with anxiety finds ways of keeping calm to not spook the horse. Taking care of an animal from week to week can help set a pattern or rhythm for someone that has led a chaotic life. Working with an animal like a horse increases trust, confidence, self-awareness and focus. A horse is larger than you, to successfully ride and be around a horse, you need to make a connection with it, to communicate with it. For Kids Foundation has noticed this, and actually sent some of their kids to learn with therapy horses.


N.E.A.T. and For Kids have teamed up to create the Really N.E.A.T. Benefit Concert. The concert will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 4:30-10:00 pm at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch. The goal of this concert is to support scholarship awards for Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, and help more kids discover this type of therapy and help out those who need it. Tickets can be purchased through the For Kids website.


Visit N.E.A.T. at their website to find out more about their services.


You can check out more about For Kids over here.


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