Mean - Rude - Bullying
This last school year we ran a pilot program for our anti bullying campaign using our therapy horses. We presented the program to several local schools with a tremendous amount of positive feedback from teachers and students.
The program helps the children to understand what bullying is and isn't, the 4 types of bullying, being proud of our differences and how to help each other. The horses are used to help present the ideas in the program and of course the children love to meet them.
This year we will be presenting the program to 30 schools to help combat the bullying epidemic they are facing. We are partnering with our local police departments as well as many local businesses.
New this year is the first annual poster contest open to 3rd grade classes. Each child will be able to create a poster, using any art media, that best represents our message against bullying. One winner will be chosen from each school that will receive a pack of 4 tickets to the Reds Family Opening Day game and other goodies. Each school winner will then be able to compete for the final prize of $250 worth of free books for their school.
We are very proud to announce that the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team are an important part of our efforts. They will be be providing the game day tickets as well as welcoming all the poster winners to the game day festivities. Game day attendees will also be able to see their posters displayed at the Great American Ball Park.
We are thankful to the Reds for the support of our program and to the children we can impact, "Just Say Whoa to Bullying" is an important and exciting program. Your donations keep programs like this one going strong.
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Whoa! A powerful word, it can stop a 1300 pound horse and can be used to help our children stop bullying. This May we launched an anti-bullying program, called Say Whoa to Bullying. We presented the program to several third grade classes local schools with the help of our horses and Officer Kristy Collins from the Hamilton Police Department. Together we are able to bring a positive, clear message to kids to help them understand what bullying is, the types of bullying and how to stop it from happening. The response from the schools has been extremely positive. The program also uses the horses as a way to positively reinforce some of the basic ideas and lessons that are taught. Along with having children meet the horses and participate in the program, we also have materials for classrooms teachers to use and review throughout the school year. The program also focuses on recognizing the different abilities each person has that makes them unique and special. Our hopes are for local businesses to rally around the project so we can bring our program to all of the schools in Hamilton, Cincinnati, and our surrounding area. The program is the only of of it's kind and will have lasting positive effects on our children. Your donations fund these programs, you play an important part in changing lives and help us to serve others, bring joy and offer hope.
We spent the most of our mornings and evenings training our horses (in particular, our unicorns) at the farm. Although they are usually a muddy mess, we have such a great time getting them out and working with them. Dallas is a true country boy at heart, and Denver always poses for the camera.
Denver & Dallas are often found at Miami University during midterms or finals, often with colored manes and unicorn horns. Students go nuts. When Denver & Dallas "strut their stuff" students will point, stare and beg their friends to come see us. The best part, many of these students laugh, smile, and relieve some stress while petting our ittybittyhorses.
We've talked with many students at Miami who explain their fears of horses, but don't feel the same intimidation with our horses. Others mention our visits are the highlight of their week. The best stories are from those that tell stories of struggles during the semester and feel a renewed energy to finish strong because of the joy they experienced when interacting with our mini horses.
Our therapy unicorns create magical memories, especially for this sweet young girl. Her grandfather made her a promise years ago, and during this visit we were able to help him keep that promise. She was thrilled to meet a real unicorn and spend time petting, loving and walking with Denver. Her smile was contagious and her love of our unicorn was quite apparent. There is something truly magical when people of all ages meet our unicorns, and we are thrilled to be able to bring so much joy to our visits with these wonderful horses.
Stay tuned….. one of our newest therapy candidates shows promising signs to be a therapy unicorn. Her sweet personality and enjoyment of human interaction has made her therapy training fly by. Keep an eye out for a new unicorn on the block, Kallie. She has already become a princess here at the farm, and will soon be a favorite for visits as well.
Serving Others. Bringing Joy. Offering Hope.
We have been more than honored to have our therapy program at CVG be in the spotlight of such national attention.
Many of you have been requesting to know when our next visits will take place so that you may plan your travel around seeing the horses. We want to make that available to all of you and we will be creating a calendar of our future CVG visits and public events. As for now our next couple of visits to CVG will take place:
June 2nd @ 2 p.m.
June 15th @ 2 p.m.
July 5th @ 2 p.m.
July 17th @ 2p.m.
Thank you so much for your interest and for your encouraging words. we also hope that if you feel that what we are doing with our horses is a worthwhile program that you would consider donating to our programs. The money we receive is used to care for the horses and help fund all the visits we make to schools, nursing homes, children's centers and other public events.
Our visits to Woodland Country Manor are often times the highlight of our week. Yesterday we were able to visit again with Wendy, Harley, Willie Nelson & Jet. The residents were waiting patiently in their activities room watching for us to unload and walk in.
Many of the residents remember certain horses and their names, asking if two of our horses, Dallas or Dakota, were with us today. A huge step for memory care patients.
As always with this care facility, we visited residents who lived on farms or owned horses at some point in their lifetime. We visited an older gentleman who had raised and trained donkeys in his younger years. Age had taken away his ability to care for his beloved animals and was forced to find homes for the donkeys. He invited our team to visit with him in his room to chat for a moment and see the horses. When we entered the room, he was flooded with emotions that he said even surprised him and asked us to forgive him for "crying like a silly baby". He was overwhelmed with the loss of his own beloved donkeys, something we could easily relate to since we too love our horses. He asked to touch the noses of both animals and wanted to pet them. Our horses brought back memories of his days training his animals and how much he loved caring for them. He, himself was surprised of the emotional impact the horses had on him. He couldn't put into words his joy in being able to touch a horse and reminisce about his days bygone. It was such a bittersweet moment.
Further into the visit we were able to spark the memory of other horse lovers and other horse trainers. Many of them shocked at the size and struggling to call them horses. "They're just so small! Smaller than some dogs." We saw many familiar faces and met some lovely singers. Jet had the pleasure of listening to a love song sung by a women with such a beautiful voice.
One truly inspiring story came from a woman who spoke "Is that a real horse?" She's never been one to talk anything but jiberish hardly making words, and to see the horse and compose a full sentence was a shock to the whole medical staff. These are the moments we cherish, that our horses are making such an impact in the lives of those we visit.
After our visit, the staff gave us little bowls of ice cream for the horses. What a hoot! Jet and Willie Nelson tried it, but it was Wendy who wanted to eat the whole bowl! The team experienced a lovely day filled with laughter and smiles. Our visits are never the same at each facility we visit. Each person we see has a unique story to tell. We love hearing every one of them and are thankful our little horses are frequently the spark that will ignite a memory.
We consider ourselves and our program to be very blessed. We have great handlers and well trained miniature therapy horses. We continue to increase the number of visits we do each year, we are booked for all of 2017 and part of 2018 and we continue to grow. We receive more request to make visits to care centers, schools, etc. than we can attend. A few months ago, an anonymous donor, who is interested in seeing our program expand to help more children, gave us a very generous donation. We knew that in order to be able to make more visits another team would need to be in place and that we needed a means of transportation for that team as well. We made a decision to be very wise with the money donated and to use it as well as possible. To achieve this goal, Seven Oaks Farm was able to hire Sarah, our intern, as a full time handler. We also were able to locate a used van with the help of Liberty Ford. We purchased a used Ford Transit. We are now able to begin scheduling our new team that will be dedicated to serving the children in our community and also those in hospice care. We still need your help to continue with all the visits we already make to over 60 senior care facilities. While we are especially grateful for this donation, we still need your help to continue all the usual day to day care of the horses and to keep all our teams on the road. Our goal is still the same, to serve others, bring joy and offer hope. You are a very important part of helping us to achieve this goal and we need you. We need all the time you volunteer, we need your encouragement and when you can, we need your financial help as well. We know that with your generous support we have a bright future ahead of bringing joy to thousands in our community.