The Kids & Horses


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January 2023

Kids & Horses celebrated the holiday season with a wonderful party at the ranch for board of directors, volunteers, and staff. We had a beautiful tree decorated by our CLS students with lights and ornaments. The interior had colorful baubles hanging and tabletops held other assorted holiday cheer. There were a variety of tasty dishes and libations that were enjoyed by all. It was great to be able to socialize without worrying about getting a horse ready, helmeting a student, or trying to find everyone involved in a lesson. What a wonderful group of people we have at the ranch.

This year, Kids & Horses put together a calendar highlighting our incredible horses and what we do. Calendars can be purchased for $20 at the ranch or on our website. They are $20 online with a shipping fee of $5. If additional calendars are purchased online, they are $15 each with a shipping fee of $5.00 each. Enjoy viewing our talented horses and students each month through the year. They are inspiring!

The Kids & Horses 2023 “Healthy Horse” campaign is alive and well. The goal is to have donors support daily care for the horses we lease. This includes quality feed, medical and dental, farrier services, and anything else they may need to make their place here as our equine partners healthy and happy. A horse at a center has a challenging job with the variety of students riding and the many volunteers and staff involved in the handling.

The winter weather has been a detriment to our ability to work with our students. The cold, along with the rain, snow, ice, and ground conditions, has made it impossible to move horses around the property. Our main concern here at the ranch has always been safety. This includes the safety of our students, clients, volunteers, staff, and horses. Staff and volunteers have come in daily to help with ranch chores. The wet conditions and heavy snow have made it a great workout for all of us.

Thanks to a generous donor, we have leveled our barn aisle, next to the covered arena, and lined it with sturdy rubber mats. This helps with erosion and provides a flat surface for our students, clients, volunteers, and horses to walk on. It’s a great way to keep the area clean and a great place for the farierr to work when the weather is bad. We love it!

Our dementia workshops, in conjunction with Connected Horse® are scheduled again this spring with a session on April 22, 29, and May 6. A second session will run May 27 and June 3 and 10. The workshops are on three Saturdays from 9:00 until 11:30. Flyers will be out soon and sent out electronically. If you know anyone with an early-stage dementia diagnosis and their care partner who might be interested, please have them give Kids & Horses or Connected Horse® a call. Kids & Horses will be hosting a facilitator training along with the Connected Horse® founders March 31-April 1. A flyer will also go out for this in case you have an interest in working with this population.

We are looking forward to a productive 2023 with our current programs and couple of new programs. We are planning on expanding our services to include work with juveniles this summer and a possible program working with foster youth. I hope you also have a wonderful year in 2023.

Thank you to all of you for your donations including:

Gary Broad Foundation
Gerry and Diane Wendel
Weldon and Daunelle Wulstein
Steve and Sue Woskow
Reno Toy Run
The Nara Foundation
Sexton Family Foundation
Marshall Matley Foundation