Welcome to spring! After quite a winter, everyone at Kids & Horses is looking forward to some warmer days. We have a horse show for our adaptive riding students quickly approaching on April 27, 2019. Hopefully, you have heard about it and are planning on attending. It will be a lovely time for all. Since we want to be sure that we have plenty of delicious food to go around, please be sure to let us know you are coming.

Our Sixth Annual Kids & Horses Golf Tournament is on June 13, 2019. It will be held at the Championship Course in Incline Village, Nevada. Please visit our website for details; to learn more about sponsorship opportunities; and to sign up to play. If you are not planning on playing or volunteering, we would appreciate it if you could spread the word.

We have an exciting project in our plans for the future. You may have heard about it already, but we are thrilled to share more details with you. The Kids & Horses Sensory Trail and Learning Center will make its way around our six acres of property. The theme will focus on celebrating Nevada and the desert landscape. The goal of the entire trail is to encourage participants to connect with their five main senses, and it will be designed to ride through on a horse or walk through on foot. Along the trail, we will have activity stations to create fun, imaginative learning. A few of the ideas we have already thought about are listed below.

  • Bridges to walk over and pool noodles to walk under.
  • A maze to guide a horse through or walk through on foot.
  •  A music wall with objects that can make different musical sounds.
  • Painted rocks to decorate the path.
  • A box of oranges or lemons to smell.
  • Go Fish! Grab a pole and catch a Nevada fish (card).

 Not only will the Sensory Trail and Learning Center provide more activities for our adaptive riding lessons and therapy sessions, it will also provide more opportunities to have the community visit the ranch. It will help us establish educational classes and programs for young children, Veterans, those with dementia and their care partners, the sight impaired, and even those without disabilities. It will increase family participation with our riders and others that visit the trail.

We will need an incredible community of supporters to help us during this journey. Those who are willing to donate their time, energy, skills, money, and creativity are key components to our plans and success. The land needs to be prepared and landscaped. Bridges and activity centers have to be constructed, and materials need to be purchased. It is quite the project, but we hope that we can count on whatever support you are willing to offer. We have included numerous pictures of other centers’ sensory trails. Hopefully, they will give you a glimpse of our vision.

As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, 2019 is Kids & Horses’ 20th anniversary. Although there are some things that need to be accomplished before the Sensory Trail and Learning Center, we wanted to share one of the goals that we have for the near future. We hope that you all have a marvelous spring, and we hope to see you soon.