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Adaptive Riding at the Ranch

Last week, the Ranch hosted a training and a clinic in adaptive riding.  Two instructors certified through PATH International were on site to train our staff and volunteers in how to teach riding and horsemanship to children with disabilities.  We then hosted more than 50 children from several local schools over the course of 4 separate clinics.  It was an amazing week!

We learned a lot about horses, therapy, and how to facilitate children with differing abilities.  The smiles and transformations that took place in the children once they were on the moving horse was amazing to see.  What a blessing it was to be able to work with the children and their families.  We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity.  We hope and pray that we can expand on this opportunity and continue to develop relationships with the families and schools who came to the Ranch this week.  The community gathered around these children, too.  We had volunteer medical crews on the Ranch, as well as a police escort for the children’s school bus, and many parents and teachers participated!  We hope to share some specific stories with you in the coming posts.  For now, enjoy the photo below and keep praying for wisdom as we pray about how to continue developing these ministries!