Thank you so much! You did it! You gave enough to allow us to purchase the materials needed to put up the kick boards in time for our Sept. 22nd Work Day. Thank you to Rich Hirschberg at Home Depot for giving us a great price and allowing us to purchase the needed materials for less than our original quote! We really appreciate all your support!
It has been 3 years that Cheerful has been waiting to join The Ranch's herd. We will include a bit of her story in an upcoming post. Now the herd is complete until we are able to grow our funding and programming.
Welcome Rosebud and Jackie! Patience for the builders ran out, it was time for the minis to come. So we built the minis stall and just put a temporary front on it. The cuteness factor here just went way up!! And there is no describing their verbal communication. The result is smiles, giggles, laughter and just joy!
We worked through the winter without a barn or arena. The horses didn't mind for the most part. The weather conditions this winter created a lot of mud, which was our biggest obstacle. But some horses seem to like mud!
And sometimes the mud provided great problem solving opportunities!
This was a wonderful community event that about 200 people attended. There were many activities including a horse costume parade!
It was a blessing to host this three day, day-camp for adopted children and their parents. The programming is based on a very effective and powerful model called Trust Based Relational Intervention. The horses added their special touch to the learning and healing.
Moving to a new location meant leaving behind a barn and arena and making due until a new one could be built. Our horses basically live outside 24/7, however us humans sometimes find it more convenient to tend to their needs inside a barn. Also, our herd was used to using our indoor arena to escape from heat, bugs and wind sometimes. So Tom and Mike Pienkowski built them a run-in. It was not as big as the arena, but almost as tall! Thanks guys!
One of the biggest concerns of moving was how to make it the least stressful for our two 33 year old horses, Sporty and Passion. Sporty had already had one eye removed and was beginning to lose sight in the other. Passion, I had promised after her 7 year abandonment that she would never have to move again. Cognitively, I knew this was not the same, but my heart ached putting her on that trailer. I did my best to reassure her she still had her forever home.
Because the new property did not have any horse shelter and we did not know how long it would be before we could build a barn, two run-ins were set up.
Sporty and Passion moved into The Retirement Home that was purchased from and brought in by Grandpa's Shelters. This company was a joy to work with and this was a wonderful purchase for our elderly friends.
Sporty and Passion adjusted to their new home with all the strength of character that a 33 year old horse clearly posseses. What a blessing this pair of mares have been to each other and each of us.
The horses adjusted very quickly to their new home. We did get to learn first hand just how different of an experience it is to move a whole herd as opposed to just one or two horses. Of course as I write this that seems quite obvious!
Just as in our human lives, when there are large changes in the herd, each of the horses' strengths and weaknesses became more pronounce. Their communication was "louder" and less predictable. Hope Reins did not miss a single day of sessions. However, for the first couple of weeks most of our session time with the horses was observation from behind the fence.