Trust

Trust A boy rests his arm over the back of an anxious old horse. Roper is our oldest gelding. He is not one to trust quickly, he is partially blind and it makes him jumpy, he is scared. He and this boy seemed to understand each other. 10 kids came to our ranch from a local residential treatment facility. For 5 weeks on Wednesdays and Fridays they will come and spend their mornings with us. I am forever changed by moments like this; the quiet hand of a kid resting on the back of a horse, each drawing strength from the other. It seems insignificant, but for this kid and this horse; it means everything. “God my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have me bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” Psalm 23:1-3...
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“The Schoolmaster”

“The Schoolmaster” You know that horse that is the “schoolmaster”? The one that patiently trotted you around while you posted the crap out of his back on the wrong diagonal. The one that was pretty much on autopilot while you just tried to keep up, he counted his own strides, he followed the pattern when you forgot, he carefully adjusted his speed to your ability. God gives us the schoolmaster to teach us. Rajah is our schoolmaster at the ranch. He is an OTTB in his 20s. He has so much to teach, and Sunday as I climbed up (none to gracefully, it’s been a long winter) into the saddle and let my muscles remember how to hold me he assumed that familiar patient expression. In a rope halter and with a leadrope as my single rein he did not bat an eye, he listened, shifted speed and took great care with me. I am so grateful for the schoolmaster. I hope you think of your greatest equine teacher today and give thanks with me for all the lessons learned, and all that are yet to...
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Fear to Confidence

Fear to Confidence Sunday we had two kids out for their first session at the ranch. They got connected to us through the Mathews House. They helped us clean up the horses pen, and then learned about how to catch and lead a horse. It was awesome to watch their little faces light up as sweet Molly followed them all around cones and chairs. I watched their initial fear turn to confidence, and the little 7 year old who didn’t want to hold the lead rope at the beginning of the session backed Molly straight through one of the obstacles like a seasoned pro at the end. Its amazing what hope and healing can be gained through such simple interaction with horses. We are truly blessed to be a part of...
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Humbled…

Humbled… More and more I am humbled that God lets us be a part of His plan for this ranch. Today we met with a mom and 2 kids. She wants her son to have horse sessions to assist in his learning delays. While I spoke with the mom and her caseworker, Annie went off with the hopping, skipping 8yo and quiet, yet intrigued 11yo to meet the horses. In talking, mom shared that their father left them 4 yrs ago with no word, and they haven’t seen nor heard from him since. They have suffered tremendous grief over it. Then a year later, their Grandmother, whom they were very close to, passed. This family has experienced so much loss in a short time. My heart broke for this hardworking mom, who clearly loves her kids so much. As they were leaving, the caseworker told us that mom said this is the first time in months that her daughter has left her side and that her son has smiled and laughed. You are right Robert Palmer, I might as well face it, I am addicted to...
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Sunset at the Ranch

Sunset at the Ranch Last nights sunset on the ranch was so beautiful. Roper is doing so well, he has put on some weight and he is one of our most vocal guys  We are so happy to have him and get him fit into our kids programs this summer. We think he will be one of the best groomed horses in Larimer County  Thank you to all of our donors, we just bought hay at the hay auction on Saturday and our guys are munching with...
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