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Healing with Horses Ranch

10014 FM 973
Manor TX 78653

Tax ID/EIN: 45-2792151
Year Founded: 2011
Last Updated 2017-07-25

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2017 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Healing with Horses Ranch provides safe, affordable, therapeutic horsemanship and other Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges to improve functional life skills and promote healing and independence. It is a place where horses heal, ... body, mind, and soul.

Horse-related programs:
Equine Facilitated Learning is a hands-on, educational program, that uses the interactions and developing relationships between horses and humans within an environment of learning and self-discovery. Significantly, it is designed to promote personal growth and the development of positive life-long skills including socialization and pragmatic development of language skills, in an enjoyable and supportive environment. Through a curriculum of activities designed to address individual goals and needs, each equine interaction is framed to help students learn, scaffolding for cognitive development skills leading to growth in maturity, manifesting future independent skills. The ranch environment naturally lends itself to fostering a uniquely, multi-sensory classroom.<br /><br />Noted as a natural partner to educate us about ourselves and society, the equine enhances skill development and offers a platform for clients to practice better ways to navigate life because:<br />1. Equines are herd animals who naturally want to interact. They easily engage students with their willingness to respond and cooperate. Thus, developing the skills to effectively communicate with a horse, builds self-confidence, empathy, and trust.<br />2. Visually, horses are large animals and therefore can easily represent some of life’s biggest challenges offering a scenario which generalizes to the obstacles faced in personal and social situations.<br />3. Horses are prey animals and survival is dependent upon the ability to be sensitive to both non-verbal communication and another's intent, even when it is subconscious. In response to the body language evidenced by clients, feedback is given. Interestingly enough, the feedback horses provide in response to body language is indeed valuable information, providing avenues for clients to become aware of the communication process. Of course, horses do not have ulterior motives when they interact. Thus, their non-judgmental presence creates an emotionally-safe learning environment.<br />4. Horses have survived for thousands of years because they create an effective social hierarchy with clear rules and responsibilities ensuring safety and harmony within the herd. Acquiring knowledge pertaining to herd dynamics and observing the horses as they interact, is another metaphor for society, providing opportunities to explore social situations and how to successfully navigate within them.<br /><br />It is important to note that all of our programs including our Adaptive Riding Lessons, At-Risk Youth Programs, Hippotherapy, and Summer Camps are based on the above premises.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Training
Minimum Age: 14
Get 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!

Ranch Work Day
Minimum Age: 14
Pasture 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!

Wish List Items

Bottled Water
It'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 Room
12X12 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!

2X4'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 Tack
We 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 Hay
Horse 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 Feed
We use 4 bags of Purina Senior, and 2 bags of Purina Miniature Horse Feed every week! At $almost $20/bag, horse feed costs add up quickly. Gift Cards to Tractor Supply company or Elgin Country Store, coupons for Purina Horse Feed, or actual bags of feed are most appreciated!

*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.