Meet Bo, aka Brown Bo. Bo is an average looking 17 year-old bay gelding that standings 15.1 hands. However, Bo is no average horse. Bo started his life as a wild mustang on the plains of Wyoming. Wild mustangs are free-roaming horses in the American west. Their ancestors were brought here by the Spanish and either broke out or were set free on the open plains. They became “wild”;living off the land. In the 70’s, Congress recognized that "wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people” and appointed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to manage and protect the horses. Today, these horses have very few wild predators and are a risk of dying from starvation if the population rises above what the plains can provide for. As a means to manage the population the BLM rounds up excess horses and offers them to be adopted by private individuals.
Wild mustangs are freeze branded on the left side of the neck, using a system of angles and alpha-symbols that cannot be altered. The brands begin with a symbol indicating the registering organization, then two stacked figures indicating the individual horse's year of birth, then the individual registration number. Bo’s brand shows he was born in 2002, making him 17.
Though Bo started on the wild plains, sometimes facing starvation, he found his way to Sarah Beth. Bo’s life changed for the better and so did Sarah Beth’s (Read more about this in Sarah Beth’s Journey to the Ranch). “When we were In Arkansas, we used to go to the national and state parks and trail ride. My favorite memories are playing hide and go seek and "trail riding" on our farm with my family while they were all on mules (the ATV kind)”.
Today Bo and Sarah Beth are still together; now, changing the lives of others. Bo is part of our Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) program at Sage Recovery Center. The premise of is that horses are senscient beings w/ preferences, and choices. They have the basic need for connection/relationship just like us. The horses are a safe way to explore connection because they don't judge and they don't lie. We work on building a relationship with the horse, and explore what comes up for clients. Whatever patterns they form in their people relationships will come up in the relationship with the horse and they get to problem solve and practice in a safe space with their horse.
Please welcome Matthew Grupp to the Healing with Horses Ranch Board of Directors. Matthew has been a regular Saturday volunteer for some time. He has been invaluable to our facility and does everything from emptying the trash to fixing the equipment. We are so excited and honored he decided to join our board.
Mid-November 2015, my family and I moved to Austin, TX from Baltimore, MD. Myself, my husband and our 2-year-old son, Rory. My daughter was still baking but she made her arrival as an official Texan just three weeks later. Soon after McKenna was born, “Small-amore” (a nickname for Baltimore because no matter how big it gets, everyone knows everyone like a small town) showed up on our street. As it turned out, a fellow alum from my husband’s high school back in Maryland ended up living on the very same...
Perspectives on Life and Art - My heart is feeling grateful and full. It never ceases to amaze me when a small group of passionate people band together and make big things happen. On Oct 19th, we had our Barn Bash. First of all, I would like to thank our Barn Bash Committee. Ariana Roman, Chris Baker, John D’Andrea, Kelly Ellis, Cari Weiss, and Davina Merkel spent months planning, asking, preparing, advertising, and hosting our 4th annual Barn Bash. It was held at the beautiful Chateau Bellevue in Austin, where a dinner...
We want to thank Tim Ray for spreading the word about Healing with Horses Ranch this year on his race car. Tim was the first president of our board and an avid supporter. He competes with the National Auto Sport Association Texas Region and ran at this year's NASA national event.
Yes.... that is Healing with Horses Ranch at the Circuit of the Americans. How cool is that!!!!!