Members of the community share their experiences

“My daughter, Hayley, started riding here about a year and a half ago due to low self-confidence from her learning disability. Since she started riding, her self-confidence has soared. She is willing to try anything and everything. She has caught up academically for the most part with most of her peers, and she no longer has any negative self-talk. Regan, her younger sister, saw how much fun that Hayley had when she was riding and she decided that she wanted to try it as well. Since she has been riding, there has been a great improvement in her muscle tone as well as her desire to be outside and she too is coming out of her shell. We are truly grateful for these programs, for my daughters are not just learning how to ride a horse or care for a horse, but Brittany, Ellie and Liese are instilling precious, priceless life lessons to them.”
— Arianne O. Mother of Hayley, age 7 and Regan, age 5

“Went to Boundaries and Balance today. Very good experience. The ladies running the program are compassionate, professional, and know both horses and people very well. Highly recommend this emotionally moving experience.”
— Boundaries and Balance Participant

“Horses provide a safe space and comforting presence free of judgement. For members of the queer community that are often met with judgement and have to fight to be accepted on their own terms, horses allow each person to exist and be appreciated just as individuals. Horses are a perfect mirror for people learning to craft relationships with others as well as those focusing on their own individual journey.”
— Member of the LGTBQ community

“I have been coming out here to the farm for about three years. All started when I turned sixty as I had decided to try something that I had never done before which was to ride horses. One of my clients, who had a developmental disability, had great success riding horses here and her mother recommended Body N Soul to me. So I tried and ended up riding out at the farm for a couple of years, and it has been really fun. Then Nature Heals was formed and I started coming to the women’s group called Boundaries and Balance.

It has filled a whole other need in my life. I love to hear the ladies share their experiences and how much they have come to trust the horses and how therapeutic the whole experience is. When asked, I was happy to become a board member of Nature Heals. I deeply believe in the mission of this organization and I will be trying my hardest to see it succeed in any way I can.”
— Board Member