Local partner Cache La Poudre Feeds fills our horses tummies ( and our hearts!)

Local partner Cache La Poudre Feeds fills our horses tummies ( and our hearts!) Off of Overland drive in Fort Collins, Colorado down a wooded dirt road, you will find a hidden gem in the Northern Colorado farm and ranch community. Cache La Poudre feeds has been an unconventional, family owned feed manufacturer since 1982. Charis Youth Ranch has been purchasing Cache La Poudre’s Profile® Feeds Equine Senior for many years now with excellent results, so we decided to go in depth and share what we love so much about this local treasure. Walking into their store is like walking into the home of a dear friend. Enter through the quaint porch into the cozy warmth of the main office and you will be greeted by Sherri’s friendly “hello”. Sherri has been working in the family business since 1999. She is the voice you most often hear on the phone. Friendly, kind, unfailingly real, Sherri makes you want to come back soon just to chat. She takes great pride in the high quality and consistency of feed that they provide their customers. Often if you come by on a frosty morning you will find her dad, Ron Treiber, sitting comfortable with a hot cup of coffee browsing the paper. Ron is the owner, he and his late wife Kaaren started the family business as a retail feed store, then moved into manufacturing in 1984. Naturally the business expanded to include wholesale as well as retail customers. Kaaren passed in 1998 and Ron has since remairried to his current wife Kathy, and they live onsite. Their primary service focus is on local and regional customers, and we can testify to the deep caring and personal interest that they take in you and your livestock. “We have always strived to be personable, we know our customers, our customers know us. Being able to tailor our products to fit customers needs is one thing that sets us apart from other feed stores.” says Ron. Sherri elaborates that they are able to tailor specific feed formulas to their customers individual needs when customers buy in bulk. Her favorite thing is working with people that are nice, the relationships that are built and the connections that are made. Knowing the benefit that their feed is providing for animals and hearing about the positive results gives her the greatest satisfaction in her work. Also we learned, she loves driving the forklift! One other employee, Kurt Brewster, has been working with them since 1999....
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Grateful Hearts

Grateful Hearts Thank you to our wonderful sponsors Mary Mountain Cookies and Spoons for the delicious cookie and soup donations for our volunteer appreciation dinner. We are so grateful that these companies support local non-profits like ours. Our volunteers work tirelessly to keep the Ranch operating and our horses fed throughout the winter months, we love and appreciate each and everyone one of...
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URGENT NEED: Help our sweet Gaspode

URGENT NEED: Help our sweet Gaspode Update 6/30 9:30 pm : We called the vet out tonight, Gaspodes entire right hock was swollen twice its normal size. The vets verdict is he needs CSU tomorrow. We hit him with a ton more drugs and are working to keep him comfortable and still through the night. We need help with his vet bills for tomorrow!! 6/30 9:30 am  : Gaspode. Our goofy guy, our sweet dependable friend, has injured his stifle pretty bad. The injury happened in the bad storm last Tuesday night (6/24). As best we can figure, he must have fallen. We noticed it during our morning feeding on Wednesday 6/25 and immediately brought him up and put him on 24 hour stall rest. We had the vet out on 6/27 and the prognosis is not great. He has been on steroids, prevacox, and bute all weekend but today he is about the same. Our vet ballparked the surgery at about $1500 which is not that much but a whole lot for a horse rescue/youth ranch. Would you consider donating towards Gaspodes vet costs? You can designate your donation “Gaspode”. Lets get our boy back up to running pain free with his herd and loving on the kids at the...
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I Like You

I Like You I LIKE YOU Yesterday marked the end of the 3rd week with our kiddos in residential treatment. A group of teenagers aged 13-19 come out wearing their heart battle scars on their sleeves twice a week. We love them so much and each time we see them, we smile, encourage, love and joke around with them as we work on the ranch together and they learn about our horses’ stories and see the similarities in their life wounds to the horses’. The kids are very protective of their hearts and they do not hand over their trust or open themselves to just anybody. In fact, very few people in their young lives get to see who they really are. Their battle armour of detachment, no eye contact and stern expression keeps them safe. It takes time for them to see that you really mean it. If you tell them you love them, it is just words until you prove it. So in the 3rd week of hearing our words of encouragement, seeing our smiles and sometimes receiving our hugs or a touch on the shoulder, their little heart flowers begin to open ever so gently, quietly and cautiously. There is one young man who catches my heart in particular this day. There isn’t much we know about his story except that he doesn’t have many loved ones in his life. He does not look anyone in the eye and he works hard, trying to prove he is worthy. Yesterday, I called him by name, looked him in the eye and said “I like you” and smiled at him. As I waited patiently for him to return my gaze, he cautiously raised his eyes to mine. As our gazes met, he saw my sincerity. For the first time since his arrival, his eyes crinkled up in happy little sparkly half moons in realization that I meant what I said-I really did like him. And for the first time in 3 weeks, I saw hope in his eyes. For that one moment, he opened the windows to his soul and I got to deposit a little God treasure in his heart. Not by my doing, because God gave me the love. I just pass it on. And he deposited a treasure in my heart too. I am looking forward to what God has in store for our kiddos, horses and us. It...
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Lost

Lost Lost That was one word written on the side of a horse. Worthless, unloved, broken, afraid, fat, and stupid were a few others. Our horses became living canvas today on the ranch. We painted them with the labels our rescued horses came to us with, and the teens we work with from a residential treatment facility added words that they have been labeled with. It broke my heart as one painstakingly wrote with their fingers in paint: lost. Wow, what a stark word, what a visual. The thing about labels, and canvas, and lives, is that they can be changed. So we washed the horses, we scrubbed the labels off of their sides and necks. Then we wrote the truth. We canceled out the lies by writing the truth: Loved, beautiful, peaceful, healed, hope, found. Grace is this thing that we don’t fully understand, but once you experience it, you are changed. The thing about grace is that it’s free, and its for everyone. There is no one so lost that God’s grace can not find them, today, on the ranch, I think we were...
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