The Kids & Horses

CONNECTION

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May 2022

All of us at Kids & Horses hope that winter is over, and spring is on its way. The ranch has been busy with students, talented new program horses, and updating water sources and fencing.
Our “Please Fence Me In” campaign is out. We are hoping to be able to replace our existing white plastic fencing with galvanized steel panels. This new fencing will enclose horse pens, arenas, and the overall property for the safety of our horses and participants. Donations can be made on our website at www.kidsandhorses.org. Be a part of this essential project and help with the security of our four-legged heroes. Automatic Waterers are being installed on the east side of the property in the newer pens. This eliminates the need for heaters in the winter and the problem of frozen hoses to fill up water troughs. Horses have a better water source, and the ranch hands are happier.

As the Nevada State Chair, I recently attended the Region 11 PATH International Conference in Tulare, California. Region 11 consists of California, Nevada, and Hawaii. The event was hosted by Happy Trails. Happy Trails has been in their incredible location for over 20 years. They have 25 acres of property with 15 of that as pasture…yum yum! They boast a two-acre sensory trail filled with flowers, running water, fruit trees, and paths to walk or ride on, and a covered arena the size of a football field. The presentations were amazing, and the delicious food was plentiful. Kids & Horses will be providing workshops once again with Connected Horse® this May and June. These workshops are for people diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or early-stage dementia and their care partners. These workshops have been developed from research conducted at Stanford University and the University of CA, Davis. The human-horse connection helps participants feel relaxed, confident, and happy in the moment. It improves quality of sleep, and reduces feelings of depression, anxiety, and burden. This is an incredible opportunity to create a positive journey for you and your loved one. Please visit the Connected Horse® website http://wwwconnectedhorse.org.

Our CLS classes are about to end. It has been a wonderful year working with two different groups. Their time was filled with shoveling horse manure, grooming, riding, and life skills activities. The students worked on how to build confidence, clarify values, identify goals. They also learned to just plain get along better with everyone by becoming a better listener and giving and earning respect. We had visitors come from the Douglas County School District, and we are planning on starting a program with them in the 2022-2023 school year.

Our 9th annual golf tournament will be held at the Incline Village Championship Couse on June 6 th . Information for signups and hole sponsorships are on our website at www.kidsandhorses.org. We are also in need of silent and live auction items. This tournament helps fund the care of the horses and the facility in general. We take wonderful care of our team members and want the facility to be safe for all.

All of us at Kids & Horses wish you a wonderful spring. We will communicate with you again when summer arrives.

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