that you were taken from your home again to go live with a relative or a stranger.
Imagine that all you have known as a home, good or bad, is taken away.
Imagine how lost, afraid or angry you could be.
We at Reins Of Life Youth Ranch work hard to restore a sense of normalcy in their world of hate and addiction. And every time our rescued horses seem to understand what these kids are going through. The abuse, hunger and neglect. These horses listen to problems that weigh down those little shoulders. They give these children their power back by responding to the reins, leg pressure and voice commands.
The Reins of Life Youth Ranch was established in June 2008. Since then we have taken in numerous horses from abuse, neglect, starvation and being unwanted and have nursed them back to health. Some strive from the nutrition and attention that they receive, but some, sadly, are just made comfortable for their last days.
The farm does so much more than rescue angels in horse hair. Each summer the farm opens for children to visit that have similar backgrounds to the horses. They can relate to the horses and on many occasions they form a tender connection, forming a strong bond between the two.
The farm strives to mentor and give guidance in the skills of basic horsemanship, including horse care, grooming and tacking and riding lessons. Through this summer program we help children to conquer their fears, provide ways to boost self confidence and even to mend families. We truly believe that if you put an unwanted horse with a special needs child, you will see an overwhelming bond being formed right before your eyes. Horse Therapy is becoming one of the fastest growing and greatest therapies offered.
To Reins of Life, special needs takes on many shapes and forms such as: mental, physical, emotional, and functional. Sometimes a child comes to the farm that just needs a place to hang out and be a kid. They get to experience farm life, since so many does not get the opportunity to visit grandparents at the farm anymore.
What makes this therapy program so unique, is that many of the horses living at the Reins of Life have come from violent abuse or life threatening neglect. These extraordinary horses, each with their own story of triump and hope, are paired with one leader and one child, for a riding lesson. Allowing time to best serve the unique needs of the child. It is our hope, that with hands on experience, the children will learn values of life, family, faith and trust.
Many great things happened this year on the farm. We had more than 50 volunteers from the local college and high school, which gave us the opportunity to help more children during the summer program than ever before.
Even though , personally, I dealt with my mother being in the nursing home and her stroke that eventually lead to her death, which is the hardest thing in life that has ever happened, we still made a difference in so many children’s lives. Giving them something that they will take with them throughout their lives.
We currently have 21 horses on the farm, 6 dogs, 5 cats and a micro mini pig.
The horse is mentioned 188 times in the bible. The horse is a magnificent and powerful animal. They give us hope and faith and hope makes us who we are.
This letter comes to you to request that the Reins Of Life Youth Ranch be put on your giving list the year so that we can continue to help so many children and angels in horse hair.
HOPE HAS AN ADDRESS – REINS OF LIFE YOUTH RANCH
YOU CAN CHOOSE TO SPONSOR A RESCUED HORSE FOR $1000 FOR A YEAR
TO SPONSOR A WEEK OF THERAPY RIDING FOR 10 CHILDREN FOR $1000
OR SIMPLY DONATE WHATEVER YOU CAN TOWARD FEED, WATER BILL AND OPERATIONS OF THE FARM
WE WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN GIVE.
FRIEDA PALMER – REINS OF LIFE YOUTH RANCH – A RANCH OF RESCUED DREAMS