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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Healing with Horses Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit equine-facilitated learning and therapy center that promotes resilience and independence in mind, body, and soul through the power of the horse. We want to change lives, not just touch lives.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services (EAS) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Services (EAS).
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Ranch Work DayMinimum Age: 14Pasture clearing, fence building, grass cutting, weed wacking! The skies the limit on the ranch work that can be done! Big jobs and small, heavy work or light! 4th Saturday of the month from 9-12!
Volunteer TrainingMinimum Age: 14Get trained to volunteer as a horse handler, side walker, feeding team, or horse conditioner. Trainings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month generally. Changes are posted on our website and facebook page. Then weekly opportunities to work with clients and horses based on your schedule and ours!
Bottled WaterIt's important to make sure that our volunteers feel treasured and sometimes its as simple as a bottle of water or soda! It can be a good source of revenue at events as well!
Tack Room12X12 portable building for our tack room and another for a feed room. We currently are borrowing an enclosed toy hauler for our tack room and trash cans in a small enclosure is our feed room!
Lumber2X4's, 2X6's, 4X4's, 4X8 sheets of plywood, sheet metal, roofing material to build shelters for the horses and to build a mounting ramp and mounting block.
English Or Western TackWe must make sure that the saddle fits the horse and each rider. That makes it necessary to have many different sized saddles. We currently only have 2 western saddles and each one only fits one horse each! Side pulls and bridles with the correct sized bits are needed for each horse!
Coastal HayHorse quality Coastal Hay in either round bales or square bales. Moldy hay can be toxic to horses so great care is needed in selecting hay! 12 horses go through one round bale a week. We do have some chubby horses so being able to restrict their hay intake using square baled is my favorite feeding method!
Horse FeedWe use 4 bags of Nutrena Safe Choice and 2 bags of Nutrena Safe Choice Senior! At almost $20/bag, horse feed costs add up quickly. Gift Cards to Tractor Supply company or Elgin Country Store, coupons for PNutrena Feed, or actual bags of feed are most appreciated!