The Kids & Horses


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November 2023


All of us at Kids & Horses would like to wish you a very merry holiday season. It will be a time of family, friends, and tasty food. Those of us at the ranch would like to express our gratitude to all of you for your time, energy, and donations. We are eternally grateful to our board of directors, staff, students, volunteers, and our incredible herd of horses. Horses are remarkable animals whose magic makes a difference every day. There is nothing more rewarding than to see the smiles on the faces of the children and adults who come through our doors.

It is with great sorrow we say goodbye to “Doc” our wonderful Kentucky Mountain horse. Doc had been at the ranch for many years and was the first horse most students rode. He participated in therapy sessions and adaptive riding with all the little ones. He will be greatly missed.
Our fencing project has been completed with the help of staff and volunteers. Ken and Debbie Ballew brought in many of their retired pals to help with this greatly needed project. We even had enough fencing to build another well needed turnout. A big THANK YOU to all who participated in the construction and those who generously donated to the “Fence Me in Campaign”.

Elizabeth Rothrock, Beba, has moved on to other employment opportunities. She has been a dedicated ranch hand who always went beyond to make sure things at the ranch were tidy and safe. She brought with her a lifetime of knowledge regarding the health and happiness of ourhorses. We will miss her dearly.

Our new ranch hand is a young man who came here as a volunteer. When he learned of our need for a competent horse person, he jumped in. Will Koons has quickly learned how we like things done and has become very comfortable with the horses.

We have a couple of new members of the herd. Moe is a quarter horse with some size on him. We are excited to have a horse that can carry some of our adult riders. Huckleberry is another addition. He is gaited, curly, and a paint with a peaceful personality. Spirit, one of our lovely mustangs, has headed
home to ride the trails again.

All of us at Kids & Horses wish you the best in the New Year. Feel free to stop by the ranch and see all that has been done. We love to show off the facility, volunteers, horses, and what we do.