Ever wish you could attend a seminar to learn more miniature horse therapy? Now you can!
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 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.
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.
We visit the Ronald McDonal House in Cincinnati through the year. We bring our little horses with an ample supply of pretty bows and colorful brushes, the children love to brush the horses manes and decorate the horses with bows. They want to know the horses name, how old it is and what they do at the farm. It all seems so simple but the impact is huge and wonderful. We see smiles, we hear giggles and lots of "Oh" and "Awe". They love to walk the horses and practice saying "walk" and "whoa". The children are able to be children for just a little while again, they laugh and smile and sit in amazement as they stroke each horse. It doesn't last for long but it gives these children a little bit of happiness in a very difficult time in their little lives. Its also a great time for the parents as well, they enjoy the fun and smiles too. These moments define what we are about and what motivate us to serve others with our therapy horses. This is why we ask you to donate, your dollars help us bring a bit joy and comfort into the lives of others. You create a better place by helping us serve others, bring joy and offer hope.