Mud! I hate mud! So many of you have heard me say how much I hate mud! And then the rain came! I hate mud! There really is a reason for my obsession over no mud. Did you know that we are in the process of becoming a premier PATH Intl center?
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Memorial Day 2015 will be long remembered in Central Texas and here at Healing with Horses Ranch.
After weeks of daily rains and very usual creek flooding, we experienced an "epic" flood. Manor only received about an inch of rain, but just north of us received 5 inches of rain. We were certainly going to flood, but our barn is a foot above the 100 year flood plain. We would be safe.
At 5pm, the creek started to go over it's banks. Pretty normal. By 5:45 the creek flooding was at its normal heavy flood stage. By 6:45, the arena was under water. A sight I have never seen or never expected to see....
I am so excited to announce the growth of Healing with Horses Ranch!
Please welcome to the staff of Healing with Horses Ranch our new Program Director, Lori Seeds-Martin and our new Equine Manager, Sarah Shilhavy.
In addition, we officially have 4 instructors-in-training, Crystal Merkel, Davina Merkel, Sarah Shilhavy, and Libby Hallett! They will be going for their certification the first week of August!
Lori will be working on program grants in collaboration with Lauren. She will also be working on assessments for each of our programs and starting a family preservation program! Eventually she will be managing all of the instructors, but since they will be needing mentoring for some period we will transition that over in the next 6 months or so. She will also be managing all aspects of programs, so volunteer coordinator and equine manager will be reporting to the program director....
The Power of Horses to Help Heal After Assault
All that I can say is "yes, yes, and yes!" Well written article that is an easy read. This is what and why I do what I do!
Conditioning team we have started our play days! They will be Sundays at 6-7:30 and Wednesdays from 7-8:30. Our goal is to get on the same page on our expectations for the horses and what there needs are and to have fun!
This week we are going back to basics on our horse schooling with the halt and leading. Know where you are going and go there and whoa!
Elyse, Lori, Victoria, and Emily came out on Sunday evening and realized just how much work it is to stay focused on the horse. We learned how quickly Dawn and Lacey relax when you do it right and just how much time it takes when your horse has a bit of ADHD like Bo. Wiseman simply had not had this work so it took a few repetitions and then both were amazing!
I can't wait to see how much more focus our horses will have and just how content they will be when there is this level of consistency from all of our horse handlers!
I love my Weekends, but they are exhausting!