An Opportunity of a Lifetime

Do you have a love for horses? Do you have a passion for serving your community? Do you think about taking that cute little horse you own/saw on the internet for sale to bring joy to people in your area?

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If you answered yes to any (or all!) of these questions, we may have the perfect opportunity for you. Sign up for an Intensive or Immersion Seminar. We will discuss everything you need to know if you want to start your own miniature therapy horse program.

What exactly will we cover?

We’ll start with choosing if becoming a nonprofit is best for you. Then move into how to choose and evaluate your horse. Next we’ll talk through volunteers, trainers & handlers in your program. Later on, you’ll hear us talk through some studies and techniques to train your horses. And of course, we’ll cover the A-Z of making a therapy horse visit. We’ll give you information about things you haven’t even thought of yet, and answer some questions you can’t find answers to. 

 What are the dates and timeline?

Intensive Seminar dates: February 23-25 in Hemet, CA {just a few spots left!} September TBD in Crane, MO. Other locations and dates TBD. 

Immersion Seminar dates: April 27-29 {one spot left}, June 1-3, August 3-5, October 5-7.

A general timeline:

  • Friday night begins around 5pm with a quick meet and greet and lectures until around 8pm.
  • Saturday begins around 9am and ends around 5pm. The Intensive Seminars will be lecture for the majority of the day and some hands on training. The Immersion Seminars will be shadowing a visit.
  • Sunday begins around 10am and ends around 2pm. The Intensive Seminars will focus more on hands on training and another question and answer session. The Immersion Seminar will go over questions from the previous day’s visit and cover lecture material.
  • Lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday at both seminars. 
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Why are there two price points? 

Intensive Seminars are held at a location anywhere in the US capable of holding 10-15 people for lectures with miniature horses we can use for demonstration. These seminars are $350 and include study material, paperwork to take home, and some hands-on scenario training.

Immersion Seminars are held only at our farm in Hamilton, Ohio. These seminars are limited to 6 people to allow for one-on-one interaction between participants and our highly trained handlers. Included in this seminar, you will shadow a visit with our well trained therapy horses and handlers. You will follow us for preparation, during the visit, and post evaluation. These seminars at $500 and include study material, paperwork to take home, and one-on-one interactions with our highly trained handlers to observe and ask any questions you may have.

 Should I bring my own horses?

There’s no need. The facilities we are presenting the seminar have many different horses to choose from, and we will use these horses for demonstrations. Please just bring yourselves for these seminars, once you secure your spot we’ll send you all the information you need.

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 I’m interested! What should I do next? 

Now you have two options: register on our website for the seminar of your choice, or email us! We can set up an invoice if you would like to make payments. There is a $100 nonrefundable deposit necessary to hold your place in the seminar, final payment is due 30 days before the event. No refunds will be issued up to 30 days before the event.

We truly believe you will enjoy these seminars as well as walk away with all the information you need to start your own miniature therapy horse program. We will give valuable insight and help spread the ministry of spreading joy with mini horses. Hope you can join us! 

Serving Others. Bringing Joy. Offering Hope. 

Its Been a Great Year

2017 is coming to a close and it is a good time to reflect on all we have accomplished this year. Our teams have done a record number of visits this year. We received two grants that had a big impaction our therapy programs and on those we visit. The first grant from the Hamilton Community Foundation allowed the program to purchase a used van to be used as an additional means of transportation for the horses and a second team of handlers. The second grant from the Charles H Dater Foundation enabled Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses to bring an anti bullying message to over 30 private schools in the Ross, Hamilton and Cincinnati areas. The grant also led to schools being able to participate in an anti-bully poster contest that will culminate with students being invited to attend a Reds baseball event this spring. Your private donations have made a huge impact on our horses and on our teams. We have been able to visit  more care facilities and made a record number of visits to area care facilities and nursing homes. All this happened, plus we were  able to meet our usual request to do private hospice visits for families, make monthly visit with the families at Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati, and attend Camp Joy hosted by the Cincinnati Police Department, visit students at several university campuses and attend several public events and parades.. This year we have been kept busy doing therapy visit for the Hamilton Police Department attending Safety Town, and partnering with them for several school, anti-bullying presentations and their annual picnic. Cincinnati Police department hosted their annual National Night Out and many other events as well. Our year has been packed with therapy visits for the young and elderly. Our therapy horses were also part of a several awards won by Northern Kentucky Cincinnati Airport thru our partnership to bring therapy support to airline passengers. This same time last year we were very proud to be marching as invited guest to the Tournament of Roses Parade 2017 with our team. Much has occurred this year as we have tried to increase the reach of our program and to find new ways to make it better. One of the ways we have increased the reach of our program is to increase the number of facilities and school we visit. We also have focused on training our horses to be sent to other facilities that are doing therapy and teach other therapy groups about our methods of training and handling. We were able to place horses with several groups this year and hope to see the horses and the groups flourish. Last year we presented seminars that covered information on handling and putting together a top notch therapy program. Later this spring you will be able to purchase DVD's of this seminar.

What does the new year look like. 

The new year looks amazing and we are excited to get started. We will continue to make as many visits as possible and focus on children a bit more this year. Thru our focus on children we hope to bring our new anti-bullying program, called Valor VIP that is created and written by Lisa Moad, to at least 40 schools. We also will be dedicating many of our visits to meet the needs of children with autism. We will be partnering with local programs to provide therapy were it is beneficial. We have created many goals we believe will keep us on the right track to improve our program and keep us a leaders in the field of animal assisted therapy. We are dedicated to educating and teaching others about what we do, so we have added 6 new seminar dates to our year. We will have a full year ahead, one that is bound to be very rewarding. It is a year that will only be possible thru your generous donation.

We have many ways to support our program, you can give monthly or yearly or just a one time donation. Another way is to become a Guardian Angel. The guardian Angel program supplies the basic needs  like grain, hay, medicine and hoof care for just our therapy horses. Total monthly cost is about $200 but you can begin being a Guardian Angel for just $25 per month or for the total cost of $200 per month. You can choose a specific horse to sponsor, make private visits, receive updates on your horse and receive special gifts too.  We need your financial donation to keep all our programs operating at full strength so that they can continue serving thousands in our area. The impact these horses and their handlers have on those they visit is immeasurable. Eyes sparkle, smiles shine , laughter is abundant and for some hope returns. 

Thank you for your encouragement, your help, and especially your donation. We hope your new year is one full of wonderful things and we also hope you will be a part of our new year.

More Seminar Dates Announced

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 Our seminars are very popular and have been given great reviews by those who have attended. Since so many of you have asked for addition dates we have decided to put together a very special set of classes that will be held only here in Ohio.  

We are offering a specially designed class that will combine Level 1 and Level 2  with hours of hands on training and participating in an actual visit. These seminars will be held  here at our farm in Hamilton, Ohio. The classes will be small so that each student gets plenty of personal attention and the ability to practice what you have learned. The classes are limited to 6 students and you will be able to work with our horses for all the hands on portion, you will also be able to experience our specific training methods for both horses and handlers. While you are here with us we will do an actual visit, you will be able to experience first hand what its like with our trained handlers by your side. You will walk thru all the steps necessary for preparing the horses for a visit, going on a therapy visit and a post visit evaluation. Our desire is for you to get a full experience in animal assisted therapy and gain as much experience as you can. 

Miniature Therapy Horses Level 1

This portion of our seminars is key to understanding our philosophy to our program and how we approach all the training we do for horses and handlers. It is also created as a road map to help you walk thru the maze of question you might have in regards to insurance, setting up a visit, becoming a 501C3, training your horse, choosing a horse, becoming a handler, finding good products and a whole host of other needs. The Level 1 seminar will include a study guide you can take home that will contain pages and pages of all the information discussed in the lectures. The guide will allow you to follow along and take notes as well. we cover Level 1 Friday evening and into Saturday. 

 

Miniature Therapy Horses Level 2 

This course is designed to take all the information you gained in Level 1 and put it into practice. This portion of the seminar is hands on and will walk you thru the steps of choosing a horse, training your horse and preparing for the different levels of registration. It will also give you practical guidance when it comes to handling your horse for various types of visits. Both of these courses are key to our program and build upon each other. Taking these seminars will allow you to register your horse through our program free of charge. Level 2 will be covered Saturday with a visit for you to participate in and ending Sunday with more training and one on one training. 

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Dates for Seminars Level 1 &2  Hamilton, Ohio 

Aril 27-29, 

June 1-3,

August 27-29

October 5-7

We are excited to share our experience and expertise with those who are desiring to learn more about animal assisted therapy with miniature horses. We would love to have you participate as an individual or as a group. If you think this experience is for you or have interest, please contact us for further details. 

The Results are in!

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We have been asking the schools we visit to let us have feedback on our program, "Just Say Whoa to Bullying" We are fortunate to have received feed back from several schools. We are grateful for their comments because it allows us to make adjustment and present the best program possible. we are thrilled that the comments have been so favorable for the content of the program and the presentation format as well. 

"I greatly appreciate that the "Just Say Whoa to Bullying" program covers material already in the third grade health curriculum. It is great for the kids to hear about bullying from a different source outside of the school. Allowing them to discuss this issue from different perspectives gives them a chance to practice the skills in different manners and understand the importance of the topic. I also loved that Seven Oaks Farms used the ponies to help gain the students attention and connected them to the program. I would love for the Say Whoa to Bullying program to return next school year."

"Linden thought that this program was wonderful. Both teacher and students shared how much they enjoyed this presentation. Thank you for all your efforts in bringing this program to us."

"I think the program is great for our students.  I though what was discussed was beneficial and age appropriate."

All this is made possible because of the donations made by you. Your donations allow us to take care of the horses physical needs as well as keep them in specialized training. We have some of the best, most experienced trainers and handlers here in our program. Your donations keeps our program top notch and allows us to have a program that we are very proud of. We thank you for your donations and hope you can see the benefits to our communities your dollars provide. We have been able to bring our anti-bullying message to hundreds of children in our area. You have made it possible to bring a change to these children and make a real difference.

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Seminar being held in Hemet, California

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The seminar will be held in Hemet, California where weather during this time of year is warm and sunny. Hemet is located about an hour from Palm Springs and about an hour and 30 minutes from Disneyland. You will find many hotels and restaurants  within minutes of the seminar and enjoy the spectacular scenery as well. 

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To reserve a seat at the seminar or receive more detailed information please contact Lisa at http://www.therapyhorses.com/contact/

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Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses is  excited to be able to present a very special seminar in sunny Hemet, California in partnership with So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary. The seminar will start the evening of Friday, February 23rd and continue thru Sunday afternoon. This course will combine two seminars, "Miniature Therapy Horses Level 1" and "Miniature Therapy Horses Level 2".  Miniature Therapy Horses Level 1 is designed to help you walk thru the process of setting up your own program and helping you to make it successful. Lisa will focus on all the frequently asked questions like, how do I insure my horse, is my horse suited for therapy work, should I become a 501C3, how do I register and train my horse and what products should I use. Miniature Therapy Horses  Level 2 portion of the course will be packed full of demonstrations on various training and handling techniques specifically designed for use with therapy horses. Each participant will receive a study guide with all our materials for you to review and use later. Jeanne Candelario will also speak about her work with rescuing miniature horses and their program at So Cal Miniature Horse Sanctuary. The weekend should be information packed and you will be able to share your experiences with others who have a desire to do therapy work. We only have 20 seats available for this seminar which we believe will fill quickly. The cost for this informative multi day course is $350 which includes  lunch both Saturday and Sunday. A  portion of your seminar fee will be donated to So Cal Miniature Horse Sanctuary to help them further their work. 

 

"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISA MOAD /THIS SEMINAR TO ANYONE WHO MAY BE CONSIDERING DOING MINIATURE HORSE THERAPY OR ANY KIND OF COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH HORSES. HER TRAINING METHODS AND EXPERTISE HAVE RAISED THE BAR FOR OUR PROGRAM. "

Inside the Visit

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This is National Anti-Bullying Month which is why we have been concentrating on bringing "Just Say WHOA to Bullying" to schools in our area. We will have presented our program to a couple thousand 3rd grade students in our local schools here in Hamilton and Cincinnati. The program was originally developed by Shelly Mizrahi as a response to a young girl who was being bullied. We have taken the program and adapted it to use in third grade classrooms. 

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The 45 minute programs begins by introducing the Officers from the various police departments that help with the presentation. We are thankful to the Hamilton, Ross and Cincinnati Police Departments for partnering with us to present a portion of the information. The Officers cover the 4 types of bullying and many of the legal aspects of each. The program, with help from the our therapy horses, also emphasizes the importance of excepting differences in each other and showing respect for one another. Each of the students are also given a number of things they can do to keep themselves safe and how they can also help their classmates. The program ends with a short pledge and then the students are given a time to meet the horses. 

The response to the program has been very positive from both the teachers and students. The students enjoy the interaction with the police officer during the presentation. They offer suggestions on how to help each other and the importance of being kind. Students and teacher alike enjoy meeting the horses and learning about how special these horses are. 

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Compassion Meets Action

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This fall we will be presenting our anti-bullying program to third grade classes in the Hamilton and Cincinnati school areas. We believe it is a great program that teaches children what bullying is, how to help themselves and that difference are good. The program uses our miniature horses to present concepts and ideas to the children they will remember and understand. We also partner with Officers from the Hamilton, Ross and Cincinnati Police Departments to help present the program. Each classroom receives a teachers guide with activity pages and ideas for classroom use. The children also get to meet our horses at the end of the presentation. As you might guess the program has a cost related to it. We do not charge the schools we visit, we feel the program is important and every child should be a part of it. We are encouraging local businesses to partner with us and help bring this program to every third grade student in our community. Partnering with our local businesses helps us be the place where compassion meets action. Each partner will see directly how their dollars are being used to teach and empower the children we touch. Do you or do you know a business that might be interested in partnering with us to present, "Just Say Whoa to Bullying"? Contact Lisa or anyone on our team and we will show you first hand how you can be a part of this exciting program where compassion meets action. Your dollars allow us to be your hands and feet in the lives of our students in our local schools. 

 

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Serving our Hometown

Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses is pleased announce that we will be presenting our anti-bullying program, “Just Say Whoa to Bullying” to the Hamilton Public Schools this fall.  Officer Kristy Collins from the Hamilton Police Department will be partnering with us to present the program to all 3rd grade classes. The Just Say Whoa® to Bullying program takes a unique approach to teaching bullying prevention by helping children recognize and respect differences in one another. By understanding that everyone has something valuable to offer, children learn acceptance, tolerance, respect, and understanding of others.  By instilling these core values and encouraging good character, Just Say Whoa® to Bullying builds a foundation of understanding and promotes a positive social environment, which - in turn - fosters kindness and good citizenship. In addition, this innovative program is the first of its kind to teach bullying prevention using animal-assisted activities with miniature therapy horses. Animal assisted therapy captures the attention of children of all ages and makes learning fun and memorable.

The program will also sponsor a poster contest for 3rd grade students, one winner will be chosen from each school. These individual school winners will receive 4 game tickets donated by the Cincinnati Reds and be invited to attend Reds Family Opening Day in April where the posters will be on display and they can meet Reds players. At the Family Opening Day event the Grand Prize Winner will be announced. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $300 worth of books for their school library and their poster will be used on our anti-bullying materials. 

We are looking for Hamilton businesses to help sponsor the school visits and help underwrite cost of the program. We’d love to have local support as we present the important program to the children of our community. 

Officer Collins with therapy horse, Toby

Officer Collins with therapy horse, Toby